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Oneida Elementary School



Student Handbook

2020-2021 School Year



Oneida Special School District

Proudly Serving Our Community

Since 1915

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Name ______________________________________________________________________________________

Grade _______________________ Teacher: _____________________________________________________

School Bus Number: ___________ School Bus Driver: __________________________________________





August 4              Abbreviated Day/Registration Day/Meet & Greet

August 6              First Full Day of School

September 7         Labor Day

October 5-9           Fall Break

Nov 11                 Veteran’s Day

November 23-27  Thanksgiving Break

December 21-31   Christmas Break

January 1             New Year’s Day

January 4             Admin Day

January 5             School Resumes

January 18           Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February 15                   President’s Day

March 29-April 2 Spring Break

May 25                 Abbreviated Day


*In the event that the school uses more than the allotted snow days, changes to the calendar may be made. If these changes occur, ample notice will be given to parent(s)/guardian(s).  Changes will be posted to Remind, Dojo, Facebook, and local radio stations.







CALENDAR OF EVENTS                                                                                                                                   2

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL                                                                                                                  4

ONEIDA SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT                                                                                4

ONEIDA ELEMENTARY VISION                                                                                                                     4

ONEIDA SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT PERSONNEL                                                                                  5

ONEIDA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF & TEACHERS                                        5             

ALCOHOL, DRUG, AND TOBACCO USE                                                                                                       6

ATTENDANCE & DISCIPLINE POLICIES                                                                                                       6

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS                                                                                                                               7

BEHAVIOR INCIDENTS AND CONSEQUENCES                                                                                          8

ATTENDANCE & TARDINESS                                                                                                                          9

BACKPACKS                                                                                                                                                        10

CAFETERIA                                                                                                                                                          10

CAR RIDER “PICK UP” PROCEDURES                                                                                                            10

CELL PHONES & PERSONAL COMMUNICATION DEVICES                                                                     10

CONCERNS, COMPLAINTS, AND GRIEVANCES                                                                                         11

DRESS CODE                                                                                                                                                       12

EMERGENCIES                                                                                                                                                    13

EMERGENCY DRILL                                                                                                                                          13

EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY                                                                                                            13

GRADING SCHEDULE AND SCALE                                                                                                                               13

GUIDANCE                                                                                                                                                           13

HEAD LICE                                                                                                                                                           14

HOMEBOUND/HOSPITAL SERVICES                                                                                                             14

LOST AND FOUND                                                                                                                                             14

MAKE-UP WORK                                                                                                                                                 15

MEDICATION                                                                                                                                                      15

MONEY AND VALUABLES                                                                                                                              15

ELECTRONIC DEVICES & TOYS                                                                                                                      16

OLWEUS BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAM                                                                                          17


PARENT CONFERENCES                                                                                                                                   17

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY                                                                                                             18

SAFE AND DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS PROGRAMS                                                                                         18

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES                                                                                                                  18

SCHOOL CLOSING                                                                                                                                             18

SCHOOL FACILITIES, PROPERTY, AND BOOKS                                                                                         19

SEXUAL HARASSMENT                                                                                                                                   19

STUDENT COMPUTER USAGE POLICY                                                                                                        19

STUDENT INJURY AND ILLNESS AT SCHOOL                                                                                           19

STUDENT INTERNET POLICY                                                                                                                          19

STUDENT MESSAGES                                                                                                                                       20

STUDENT RECORDS                                                                                                                                          20

STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS                                                                                                                             21

TEACHER QUALIFICATION                                                                                                                             21

TRANSPORTATION                                                                                                                                            21

TRIBES                                                                                                                                                                  23

VISITORS                                                                                                                                                              24

WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL                                                                                                                      24

STUDENT GOVERNMENT                                                                                                                                24

ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT PLAN                                                                                                                  24

COORDINATED SCHOOL HEALTH                                                                                                                24

COVID-19 DISCLAIMER                                                                                                                                    24












Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,


            I have enjoyed working with OES students, families, and teachers for the past 4 years as Assistant Principal.  This year, I will take on a new role as Oneida Elementary School Principal.  I feel very honored and humbled to have been selected for this position, and it is a role I do not take lightly.  I am a third generation Oneida alumni, and all three of my children attend Oneida Schools.  Oneida Schools are known for their academic excellence, athletic traditions, and deep community involvement, and I am so proud to be a part of the Oneida family!

            I am very excited to see what this new school year holds.  With all of the current uncertainties in our nation, it is a blessing to have a safe place for our students to learn and be with friends. 

            As always, don’t hesitate to call on me if you have questions or concerns throughout the school year. 

-Jordan Sims

OES Principal





   The mission of the Oneida Special School District is to produce graduates with unlimited capacity to compete in a superior manner in any challenge they undertake by guaranteeing each individual a customized, all inclusive learning experience, integrating the unique resources available to us.





   It is our vision to enable students to achieve their maximum potential, to become more than they ever hope to be, and to develop self-reliant individuals with the potential to become functioning, literate adults who are capable of making contributions that will enable our society to experience growth and prosperity.













      Director of Schools                           Assistant Director

                               Dr. Jeanny Phillips                             Mr. Zacch Brown


                     Coordinator School Health         Special Education Coordinator/504 coordinator

                            Mrs. Melinda McCartt                          Mrs. Kim Burress


                                                            Board of Education

Dr. Nancy Williamson, Chairperson

                                    Dr. Danny Cross                     Mr. Jason Perry

                                    Mrs. Sandy Martin                  Mrs. Dorothy Watson




                   Office – 569-8340           Cafeteria – 569-2522             OES Fax – 569-2406





Principal – Mrs. Jordan Sims           Assistant Principal – Mrs. Ashley Billingsley  

School Counselor – Dr. Evie Thomas




District Literacy Coordinator: Denise May

District Math Coordinator:  Amanda Terry



Office Staff: Debbie Creech, Renee Chitwood

School Nurse:  Marilyn Seabolt















   Any possession, use, or sale of drugs or alcoholic beverages on the school grounds, at school functions, or on school buses is strictly prohibited at all times.  Tennessee State Law also states that students shall not use or have in their possession tobacco products in any form on school premises, on school buses, or at any school activity.  To “use” shall mean any holding of a lighted cigarette, cigar, or pipe; inhaling the smoke of tobacco; or any chewing or dipping of any tobacco product.  Tobacco, in the possession of any student, will be confiscated.  Violators of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action.  In compliance with the law, the rule regarding alcoholic beverages applies to all students, regardless of age.  The breaking of this rule will cause local law enforcement personnel to become involved.  Any student breaking this rule shall have disciplinary action taken according to the Oneida Disciplinary Guidelines.



Attendance and Discipline Policies


Office of the Assistant Principal



I am very excited to accept this new role as assistant principal at OES!  Our school has been known for providing excellent opportunities for students, and we will continue to work hard to go above and beyond for our students. Your children are our number one goal and priority in any decisions that we make.  Please take to time to read through the entire handbook to note changes for the 2020-2021 school year.

We had a very successful first year of “Tribes”. We will continue this program for all of our students in grades K-5. We will also provide a continuation of implementing essential habits during Tribe time that we feel are important to instill in our students to help them become outstanding future citizens. Please refer to the “Tribe” section of the handbook for more detailed information on how you can support us with this program at home.

I will be assuming the role of attendance coordinator for our building. Please understand that attendance is very important for your child’s education. Every minute or day that is missed can impact your child’s educational experience. Many skills are foundational and build upon previous skills. Refer to the attendance policy listed in the attendance section of the handbook for explicit details. Of course, if you have any attendance concerns, please call my office and I will be happy to answer your questions.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time throughout the year if I can be of service to you or your child. I look forward to a great school year!


Thank you,

Ashley Billingsley

Assistant Principal

Email: billingsley@oneidaschools.org

Office: (423) 569-8340


Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Safe


ŸFollow adults’ first Request

ŸStay in designated area

ŸWalking Feet



ŸKeep up with your belongings

ŸKeep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself



ŸBe ready and on time







ŸUse inside voices

ŸStay in line and with your group

ŸWalking Feet


ŸStay to the right


ŸKeep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself


ŸBe polite to guests and each other




ŸClean up after yourself

ŸGet in get out

ŸWash your hands


ŸWait your turn

ŸUse two paper towels

ŸKeep sink and floor area dry and clean


ŸUse bathrooms appropriately

ŸUse one squirt of soap

ŸReport unsafe situations to an adult



ŸUse toilets and urinals as designed

ŸKeep hands and feet to yourself


ŸFollow adults’ first request

ŸGet everything you need before you sit down

ŸKeep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself


ŸRaise your hand if you need something

ŸClean up table and floor

ŸWalking Feet


ŸUse table manners


ŸStay in one spot


ŸUse inside voices



Special Classes

ŸTake care of equipment and supplies

ŸPut equipment and supplies away when finished

ŸUse all supplies and equipment as designed


ŸFollow adults’ first request

ŸWalk to your assigned area



ŸWatch and Listen




ŸBe courteous

ŸKeep personal belongings to self

ŸSit quickly and quietly


ŸWatch and Listen

ŸKeep backpacks closed and to self

ŸStay in one spot


ŸUse kind words

ŸUse equipment as intended

ŸWatch and Listen


ŸInclude others

ŸListen for line up signal

ŸLeave rocks, mulch, and sticks alone


ŸFollow adults’ first request

ŸLine up quickly and quietly

ŸKeep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself



ŸStay in designated area










Special Assembly

ŸWatch and Listen

ŸStay in designated area

ŸKeep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself


ŸUse soft applause




ŸBe polite to guests and each other



Field Trip

ŸBe polite to guests and each other

ŸBe prepared

ŸStay in line and with your group


ŸRespect property

ŸLeave it better than you found it

ŸKeep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself


ŸFollow  adults’ first request








Minor misbehaviors will be handled within the classroom and parents will receive communication from the teacher via the school/home communication folder and/or Dojo.  It is important to check your child’s backpack each night and if you have any questions or concerns to call and set up a parent/teacher meeting.

   Misbehaviors are categorized as “minor” or “major” as follows:



  • Inappropriate Language: 
  • Property Misuse
  • Unprepared for Class
  • Physical Contact
  • Disruption
  • Defiance
  • Disrespect
  • Technology Violation
  • Lying/Cheating
  • Others at the discretion of the principal or his/her designee


Consequences given could include:


  • Think about it (The Golden Rule Review)
  • Loss of recess
  • Temporary seat assignment
  • Lunch and Learn



  • Inappropriate Language 
  • Property Misuse
  • Unprepared for Class
  • Physical Aggression
  • Disruption
  • Defiance
  • Disrespect
  • Technology Violation
  • Forgery/Theft
  • Running Away
  • Lying/Cheating
  • Harassment/Bullying
  • Use/Possessions of Weapons/Drugs
  • Chronic Minor Offenses
  • Others at the discretion of the principal or his/her designee


Consequences given could include:

  • Time out/restrictions
  • Bus suspension
  • Conference with student
  • Parent/guardian contact
  • Restitution/community service
  • After school detention
  • Individualized instruction
  • In school suspension (ISS)
  • Loss of privilege
  • Saturday school
  • Expulsion
  • Alternative placement
  • Out of school suspension
  • Others at the discretion of the principal or his/her designee








State law requires that all children through age 18 be enrolled in school. Regular attendance is essential to your child’s success.


  1. Personal illness
  1. Only five (5) days, whether consecutive or not, can be excused by a parent note OR doctor’s note per semester (Semesters will run August – December and January – May).  Sign Ins and Sign Outs are considered parent notes.  Every day of absence equals one note.  Notes should include student’s name, date(s) of absence(s), reason for absence, signature of parent, and a phone number where a parent can be reached.
  2. All parent and doctor notes must be presented to the office within three days of the day the student returns to school.

Examples of Excused Absences:

  1. Death in the family
  2. Religious observations
  3. Extreme weather conditions
  4. Court appearance or legal mandates
  5. Verifiable family emergency/ extenuating circumstances or special situations
  6. School sponsored events

Absences that do not meet any of the criteria listed above in items 1-6 will be considered unexcused.  An example of an unexcused absence is a family vacation taken during the school year.  Please try to schedule vacations during summer, fall, and Christmas or spring breaks.  The criteria listed above in items 1-6 will also apply to tardies and early dismissals.


Parents/Guardians of students who are absent five (5) days without  adequate excuse will receive written notification in the form of a letter of the student’s absences.  At six (6) days, Parents/Guardians will be referred to the school counselor. Upon eight (8) unexcused absences, a referral will be made to the Attendance Supervisor.  The Attendance Supervisor will then contact the parent(s)/guardian(s) to schedule a meeting with the Truancy Board.  This hearing is an attempt to avoid a truancy petition in the Scott County Juvenile Court System.


  • Students enrolled in the Kinderstart program through Grade 5 fall under the compulsory attendance policy of the State of Tennessee. 



Tardiness is defined as a child being signed in/signed out or late arrivals to each class period.

Students are expected to be in class at 8:20 a.m.  In the hall or entering the building is considered tardy.  Students must be in class when the tardy bell rings.  Sign outs before 3:05 p.m. are also considered as a tardy. Excused tardiness must be due to the reasons listed above in the attendance section.  A student signed in or signed out of school for reasons other than the above will be considered UNEXCUSED. Chronic tardiness can result in an attendance meeting with the attendance supervisor and the Truancy Board.


Consequences – Unexcused Tardies

When a student accumulates five (5) unexcused tardies in a semester, they may be assigned a mandatory after-school study session.  After the 5th unexcused tardy, a mandatory one-hour after-school study session may be assigned for every additional unexcused tardy. An unexcused tardy is considered being signed in/out or late to class. 





   Roller backpacks are not permitted at school. (Unless a medical situation warrants such use upon approval from administration)  Please put your child’s name on their backpack.




Serving times are:

Breakfast – 7:30 a.m. – 8:10 a.m.                    Lunch – 10:10 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

   The school cafeteria is for the convenience of all students and teachers.  This is the STUDENTS’ CAFETERIA – and their cooperation is needed to maintain a clean and pleasant environment while eating.  Each student must have a FREE AND REDUCED FORM turned in no later than 30 days after the first day of school.



   Breakfast, lunch, or snack brought from the home by the student is allowed if the food is for the student's own consumption. Foods brought in by anyone other than the student should not be readily identified as anything other than a meal or snack prepared at home. The introduction of any food by a student or parent that will be shared with other students is not allowed.



  • Breakfast prices for students: ($1.25) Lunch Price for students: ($2.50)




   All parents, or those on your child’s pick up list, must have a “pick up tag” displaying your child’s last name.  If you are picking up another child for another parent, you either must display the correct tag or come in and sign the child out in the office.  Tags that are modified by parents, such as adding names with a marker, will not be accepted.  If you sign a child out in the office, you must be on the “sign out” list before we will let the child leave with you.  If you need to come into the school to sign a student out, please park in the visitor parking and turn off your car while it is unattended. Parents should stay in their car and allow a staff member to bring their child to them at afternoon pickup. PK/KS/4/5 pick-up on cafeteria side.  K-3 pick-up on soccer field side. Please remember that it is a Tennessee State violation to be on your cell phone in a school zone.



Students’ cell phones must be turned off and out of sight while on school property.  They must remain in the student’s backpack or locker and may not be kept on the student. A staff member may give a student(s) permission to use the phone in an emergency or for educational purposes during a lesson in the classroom.  The school will not be held liable for any loss or damage to any cell phone. Any violations of the policy will result in the following actions:


First Offense Consequence:  Warning, parent/guardian contacted, student can pick-up device at the school office at the end of the day.  If a permission form is not on file, the phone will be held until the form is completed by the parent/guardian.


Second Offense Consequence:  Five (5) days of silent lunch in ISS, parent/guardian contacted, device returned at the end of the day.


Third Offense Consequence:  “Insubordination” – Two (2) days of ISS, parent/guardian contacted, device returned in seven (7) calendar days or the next school day upon payment of a $25.00 retrieval fee.


Beyond Third Offense Consequence:  The consequences will be at the discretion of the principal or his/her designee.  These consequences could result in, but are not limited to, loss of privileges – Student may no longer bring a cell phone/communication device of any type onto school grounds, “community services”, and/or legal action.  Cell phone/communication device will be confiscated until the parent/guardian comes to the school office to retrieve the device. 


Any illegal use of a cell phone/communication device, as stated in the laws of the State of Tennessee, will result in a court petition.





   Decisions made by school personnel whom students believe are unfair or violate Board policy or individual school rules may be appealed to the school principal.  To appeal, students will contact the principal’s office and provide their name, the issue and reason for the appeal on a printed form available at the school office within two (2) days.  The appeal will usually be decided confidentially and promptly, preferably within ten (10) school days.

   If the principal does not make a decision within five (5) school days following the date of the complaint, students or parents may appeal at that time by contacting the Director of Schools.  The information provided should include the student’s name, the school, and description of the problem.

   An investigation and decision will be made within two (2) school days and communicated to the school principal and student by telephone.  A written copy of the decision also will be sent to the student and the principal.


Discrimination/Harassment Grievance Procedures

   Any student who wishes to file a discrimination/harassment grievance against another student or an employee of the district may file a written or oral (recorded, if possible) complaint with a complaints manager.  The complaint should include the following information:


  • Identity of the alleged victim and person accused
  • Location, date, time, and circumstances surrounding the alleged incident
  • Description of what happened
  • Identity of witnesses
  • Any other evidence available


   Within twenty-four hours of receiving the student’s complaint, the complaint manager shall notify the complaining student’s parent/guardian and the principal, who shall inform the Director of Schools.  The parent/guardian shall be given notice of the right to attend an interview of the student in a non-intimidating environment in order to elicit full disclosure of the student’s allegations.  This interview shall take place within five (5) days from the time the complaint was first made.  If no parent/guardian attends the interview, another adult, mutually agreed upon by the student and the complaint manager, shall attend and may serve as the student’s advocate.  After a complete investigation, if the allegations are substantiated, immediate and appropriate corrective or disciplinary action shall be initiated.  The investigation and response to the complainant will be completed within thirty (30) school days.  Copies of the report will be kept in the complaint manager’s file for one (1) year beyond the student’s eighteenth (18th) birthday.  The Director of Schools shall keep the Board informed of all complaints.

   If the complainant is not in agreement with the findings, an appeal may be made within five (5) work days to the Director of Schools.  The Director of Schools will review the investigation, make any corrective action deemed necessary, and provide a written response to the complainant.  If the complainant is not in agreement with the Director of Schools’ findings of fact, an appeal may be made to the Board of Education within five (5) work days.  The Board shall, within thirty (30) days from the date the appeal was received, review the investigation and the actions of the Director of Schools and may support, amend, or overturn the actions based upon review and report their decision in writing to the complainant.

   It is the Tennessee Department of Education’s policy to provide an environment free of discrimination and harassment of an individual because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age (over 40), sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, disability, or any other category protected by state and/or federal law.  If you feel your rights have been violated, please contact:


            Lesley D. Farmer, Esq., Director

            Office for Civil Rights

            Tennessee Department of Education

            710 James Robertson Parkway, 6th Floor

            Nashville, TN   37243-0383

            Phone:  (615) 253-1550





   Students shall dress and groom themselves in a clean and modest manner so as not to distract and interfere with the operation of the school.  All students must wear footwear.  For the protection of other children, cleats of all types and shoes with built-in skates are prohibited from being worn at school.  Shirts or other items with ads or emblems for alcoholic or tobacco products or with vulgar language or implications)  are not permitted.  NO HATS, BANDANAS, etc. are to be worn within the building – except as part of a pre-approved school-wide activity and must have the expressed permission of the principal or his/her designee.  Top-wearing apparel must overlap the bottom-wearing apparel.  No halters, tube tops, spaghettis straps, or bare midriffs will be permitted.  Shorts (NO SHORTER THAN MID-THIGH) may be worn in hot weather.  If biker shorts are worn, they must be covered by other shorts that are no shorter than mid-thigh.  Holes in pants are not allowed above the length approved for shorts.

   Students are encouraged to dress appropriately for the day’s activities.  EXAMPLE:  The students should wear shoes that are appropriate for P.E. class, field day, or field trips on the days of those activities; and on the day they have Art, they may want to wear old clothes.





1st Offense

  • Shirt – must be turned inside out or wear one provided by the school.
  • Pants or shorts – must wear one provided by school. If none are available at school, the student or school official must call the parent/guardian or responsible party for another pair to be brought to school.


2nd Offense

  • Call home for clothes. If no clothes are provided by parent/guardian, the child will not be allowed back in class and will stay in school detention to complete his/her class work.





   A safe environment is essential to the well-being of our students.  Therefore, Oneida Elementary School is making every attempt to provide a safe environment and to prepare in advance for any emergency that may occur.



   The goal of any emergency drill is to get every student to the safest place or out of the building in a calm, quick, and orderly manner.  An emergency drill may be called at any time over the public address system. Fire drills are necessary for the safety of the students and faculty.  Everyone should know the specific direction for reaching a point of safety from those areas of the building in which he/she may be.  Students must leave the building quickly and orderly from whatever room they are in. Tornado drills are necessary for the safety of the students and staff.  Upon receipt of a severe weather alert, teachers and students will be notified immediately.  Upon receiving a tornado warning, students will go to an assigned area outside each classroom until the warning is lifted. An intruder drill will be in place and lockdowns will be practiced.



   In accordance with federal civil rights law, the Oneida Special School District is prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by federal and/or state funds. To file a program discrimination complaint, write a letter addressed to OSSD Civil Rights Coordinator and provide in the letter all applicable information regarding the incident, those involved, and contact information. Submit your completed letter to OSSD by mail at PO Box 4819 Oneida, TN 37841. The Oneida Special School District is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 



   The Oneida Special School District will be operating on a SEMESTER SCHEDULE.  Progress reports will go home mid-way thru each semester (at 4 ½ weeks).  Grade cards will go home at the end of each 9 week period.  Please sign-up for Skyward access at registration to help monitor you student’s grades. The front office may also assist you in Skyward access registration throughout the year.

A+…100                      C+…84

A…...99-94                 C…..83-76

A-…..93                      C-….75

B+…..92                      D+…74

B……91-86                 D…..73-71

B-…...85                      D-….70




      The goal of the Oneida Elementary School counseling program is always to organize, coordinate, and evaluate services based upon the needs of the students, staff, and parents. It is very important for the school, community, and parents to work together to better meet the needs of the students. The ultimate goal of the school counselor is to STRIVE to meet the needs of students and parents. Our hope is that students leave Oneida Elementary School, not only as a better student, but as a better person.  Student (individual/group) and parent counseling are also provided when necessary.  Additional elementary assignments include:  504 disability coordinator, support team coordinator. Please contact Dr. Evie Thomas, School counselor at ethomas@oneidaschools.org or 423-569-8340 if you have any questions or concerns.






   In all matters concerning head lice infestation, the following procedures will be followed:


No student shall be denied an education solely by reason of head lice infestation  and his/her educational program shall be restricted only to the extent necessary to minimize the risk of transmitting the infestation. 


It shall be the responsibility of the school nurse or the principal’s designee to notify the student’s parents/guardians if the student has pediculosis (head lice).  The school nurse or the principal’s designee will determine if the student will be sent home.  If immediate removal of the student is unnecessary, the student will return to class to avoid lost instructional time.


All students shall be expected to have met all requirements for treatment within (1) school day.  The requirements include:

  1. being free of lice
  2. proof of treatment with a pediculicide product (head lice shampoo)


All days in excess of the allowable period shall be marked as unexcused absences and referred to the attendace supervisor at the proper time.

If the student is not lice free the next school day, he/she will be sent home.  The school nurse or principal’s designee will educate the student’s parents/guardians and reassess the student for progress in nit removal.  The parent/guardian will be allowed seven (7) days to produce proof that the student is free of nits.

Any subsequent incidents of head lice for a student during the school year shall require submission of satisfactory evidence of treatment for head lice and be found free of lice by a school health official. 




   As set forth by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, it is the policy of the Oneida Special School District that no otherwise qualified disabled person shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded form participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored by this school district.  In compliance with this policy, enrolled students who meet eligibility requirements are provided instructional services through hospital or home-based instruction.  Eligibility and subsequent programming are determined by a school-based Section 504 Committee who considers documented input and recommendations from the attending licensed physician, as well as pertinent school information.  This service is usually provided for eligible students who will not be able to attend class on campus for more than two (2) weeks.  It should be understood that homebound instruction cannot possibly take the place of daily attendance on campus, and, at best, is considered a stop-gap measure until the student is able to return to the classroom.





   The Lost and Found Department is located by the main office.  If you have lost articles, check in the mail room first (in boxes behind the door that goes to the office) BEFORE checking with the secretary.







   In accordance with school board policy, all missed class work or tests that are excused absences may be made up and all missed class work or tests that are unexcused absences will not be allowed to be made up. “The responsibility for arranging any make up work following an absence is the responsibility of the student. Arrangements for make up work must be made on the first day after returning to school. The number of days allowed for make up work will be determined by the teacher; however, it will be no less than the number of days which the student missed.” (OSSD Board Policy)  Oneida Elementary School has a “redo policy” for skill mastery.  Please speak to your child’s teacher about their grade level policy.





   The goal of the Oneida Special School District is to provide each student the very best education possible.  To do this, we must provide the children a healthy, safe, and drug-free environment in which to learn.  This also means complying with regulations passed by the legislature in the administration of medications at school.

   School personnel will not dispense medication of any type, except for students requiring medication prescribed by a doctor.  For this reason, the following guidelines will be observed:


Medication Administration Guidelines

  • All prescription medicines must be brought to school by the parent.
  • The prescription medicine must be in the original pharmacy-labeled container which includes the following: child’s name, medication name, dosage, date, licensed prescriber’s name, and pharmacy name, address, and phone number.

*Special forms may be obtained in the school office for medication administration.


   If your child has an unusual medical problem, be certain that specific information concerning the problem is placed on the permanent record and that the child’s classroom teacher is notified, in writing, concerning this condition.

   All over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, aspirin, cough drops, etc.) cannot be administered by school personnel unless brought in by the parent(s)/guardian(s).  Parents will be notified if their child has a fever of 100 degrees or more.  The parents must pick up a child with a fever because of the risk of the child having a contagious disease.

   You may call our school nurse at (423) 569-8340 if you have questions.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.



   Please do not bring large amounts of money to school.  All valuable articles should be in possession of the owner at all times.  The school CANNOT accept responsibility for stolen or damaged money or other articles. 



Electronic devices & toys including, but not limited to: iPods, iPads, cell phones, two-way radios, tablets, MP3 players, game consoles, stereos, cameras, video recording devices, playing cards, trading cards, etc., are not permitted at school except on special occasions approved by the school administration. Items brought to school will be collected and returned to the student at the end of the school day




   The Oneida Elementary staff and administration implement the Bullying Prevention Program. 


What is Bullying? – when someone repeatedly says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.

*See section 6.304 of the Oneida Special School District Board Policy which addresses bullying.


Anti-bullying Rules:

  1. We will not bully others.
  2. We will help students who are bullied.
  3. We will include students who are left out.
  4. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.


   Bullying behaviors may include, but are not limited to, the following categories:

  1. Physical Bullying
  • Hitting, kicking, pushing, pinching, biting, spitting, inappropriate contact
  1. Verbal Bullying
  • Threats, name calling, taunting, demeaning comments
  1. Social Bullying
  • Spreading rumors, disrespect, exclusion, intimidation

Disciplinary Procedures:

  • Parent is contacted.
  • Student will be referred to principal or assistant principal for disciplinary action.
  • Principal or assistant principal assigns consequences and notifies teacher of action taken.
  • Offense and action are recorded in student’s behavior log. Student may be referred to the OES Discipline Committee.



Physical Bullying/Violence is a Level 3 offense.  Consequences require administrative action which may include the following Disciplinary Options:

  • Loss of breaks/recess
  • In School Suspension (I.S.S.)
  • After School Referral
  • Out of School Suspension
  • Saturday School(s)
  • Community Service
  • Counseling
  • Referral to the OES Discipline Committee and Court Petition for Unruly Child for extreme repeated Level 3 offenses.


Verbal Bullying is a Level 1 offense.  Repeated offenses may move to Level 2 or Level 3.  Consequences may require administrative action which includes the following Disciplinary Options:

  • Verbal reprimand.
  • Special assignment.
  • Restricting activities.
  • Withdrawal of privileges.
  • Loss of recess.


Social Bullying is a Level 1 or Level 2 offense.  Repeated offenses move to Level 3.  Consequences require administrative action which includes the following Disciplinary Options:

  • Verbal reprimand
  • Special assignment
  • Restricting activities
  • Withdrawal of privileges
  • Loss of recess
  • Isolated lunch break
  • One-half day of I.S.S.
  • Full day of I.S.S.
  • Loss of special activity
  • Special assignment
  • After School detention
  • Out of School Suspension


*NOTE:  Repeated offenses in each category will move to the next level.




Oneida Special School District (“District”) makes extensive use of online resources as part of its curriculum. The District recognizes that online privacy is more important than ever to keep the District’s students safe.  The District uses a variety of internet-based software vendors to assist and facilitate student instruction.


In selecting online vendors and platforms, the District has ensured that these online resources and platforms comply with the guidelines and regulations specified in the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (“COPPA”) and the Families Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”).  These two laws aim to protect the privacy of student information.


The District currently uses Google Classrooms as an online learning platform to facilitate digital instruction for its students.  The District understands that Google Classrooms has enabled safeguards to ensure compliance with FERPA.  District and school administrators will monitor student use and access of Google Classrooms while teachers will monitor the content students access.  The District may, at its discretion, change online learning platforms to ensure that its students needs are met and privacy is protected.


In the event any student or parent has questions related to the District’s use of online/digital platforms for instruction, please contact _______________.





   The administration of Oneida Elementary School feels strongly that cooperation and communication between teachers, students, and parents is necessary for good academic performance and effective discipline.  A parent or guardian may request a conference with the school counselor or teacher at any point in the school term.  It is recommended that the request be made through the school counselor’s office.  A conference with the parents may also be requested by the teacher or school counselor. All conferences must be pre-arranged.





   A DISTRICT RECEIVING Title I funds, and each school served under Title I, must jointly develop with and distribute to parents of children participating in Title I programs a written parental involvement policy.  If a school or district has a parental involvement policy that applies to all parents, it may amend the policy to meet the requirements under the NCLB (No Child Left Behind).  Schools must:

  • hold at least one annual meeting for Title I parents
  • offer a flexible number of meetings
  • involve parents in an ongoing manner in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs
  • provide Title I parents with information about the programs, a description and explanation of the curriculum, forms of academic assessment, and (if requested) opportunities for regular meetings to discuss the education of their children
  • develop a school-parent compact that outlines the responsibilities of each party for improved student academic achievement [20 U.S.C. 6318(b)(c)]




   A district receiving safe and drug-free school program funds must inform and involve parents in violence and drug prevention efforts.  The district must make reasonable efforts to inform parents of the content of safe and drug-free school programs and activities other than classroom instruction.  If a parent objects in writing, the district must withdraw the student from the program or activity [20 U.S.C. 7116(b):20 U.S.C. 7163].




    Field trips, after-school events, and any other activities that happen outside the regular education classroom, are considered extracurricular and a privilege. This includes programs such as: Science Club, Student Government, the Sleep With the Sharks Trip, etc. Students who wish to participate in these activities must exhibit good behavior and acceptable attendance at school. Students who have excessive or serious behavior issues or who have been absent an excessive number of days from school may not be permitted to participate in these activities. This decision will be made by the principal/assistant principal and may be referred to the OES Student Services Committee for input.




   If the weather is such that it becomes necessary to cancel school, the announcement will be made via the local radio station, School Reach (automated telephone notification system), Remind  text alert, and posted to Oneida Elementary School Information Facebook page.  When school is canceled for the day, all conferences, activities, and meetings are also canceled.




   Students are responsible for the proper care of all books, supplies, and furniture supplied by the school.

   Students are expected to use facilities properly, keeping halls free of paper and litter.  They are asked to keep all school facilities in a clean, neat, and orderly manner.  Lockers are to be neat and clean, with no posters, stickers, etc. inside or outside of lockers.  Students who disfigure or vandalize school or personal property will be required to either pay for the damage which is done or replace the item and may be subject to disciplinary action.

   All students are responsible for books which are assigned to them by their classroom teacher.  If a book is lost, the student is responsible for payment of the book.  This also includes library books that are checked out by the student.  Overdue library books will be five (5) cents per day until the book is returned.  If the conclusion is made that the book has been lost and payment is made for the lost library book, refunds of overdue fines cannot be made.



   Sexual harassment is coerced, unethical, and/or unwanted intimacy; and this type of behavior includes, but is not limited to, inappropriate language, gestures, and physical contact.  Our school is a place for teaching and learning.  Sexual harassment will not be tolerated.

   If anyone in the school feels that he or she is being harassed, the first thing that person should do is to inform the offending person that this behavior is unwanted.  In the event that the harassment continues or is of such nature that it crosses the boundary of appropriate relationships, a school official should be notified so that appropriate disciplinary action can take place.




   Computer usage by students is for educational purposes, and student access to programs will be determined by school personnel.  Student work is accessible for inspection by school personnel.





   If a student is injured, either in class or on campus, the attending teacher(s) should call the principal’s office immediately for assistance.  In the event a teacher is not present, a student should contact or notify the principal’s office immediately.


What TO DO if you are ill or injured at school:

  • DO report the problem to the nearest teacher.
  • DO go directly to the nurse’s office; and if the nurse is not there, report to the secretaries in the office AND
  • DO give the secretary or principal your name and grade level. The secretary or principal will consult your emergency card and call your parent(s) or guardian(s).


What NOT TO DO if you are ill or injured at school:

  • DO NOT go to the restroom and stay there.
  • DO NOT leave the school grounds or go to the parking lot without approval from the principal.
  • DO NOT take medication from anyone.





   Internet access is available to students and teachers in the Oneida Special School District.  We are very pleased to be able to provide this access to the district and believe that the Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers.  Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in school by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.  The Oneida Special School District has taken precautions to restrict access to controversial materials.  The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right.  Inappropriate use will result in cancellation of those privileges.  The Oneida Elementary School follows the guidelines and policies as described in the Board Policy EBC and EBCC.





   The OES staff will be unable to deliver messages to students – except in cases of an emergency.  We understand that parents may feel the need to get in touch with students during the school day, but we cannot stop instruction of the other students in the class for any reason other than an emergency.

   The nature of an emergency must be specified to a school official before classroom activities will be interrupted.  Under normal circumstances, emergencies exist when conditions arise that make it impossible or impractical to delay the message until a later time.

   Arrangement for routine matters, such as rides to and from school, car and house key delivery and pick-up, meeting places, etc., MUST be made before students arrive at school.





   The Oneida Special School District keeps cumulative records and, when appropriate, special education records, on your child.  Some of the records may be located in the school system’s Central Office, and others may be located in the school in which your child attends.  The records include the following types of information:



  • Record of absences
  • Health records
  • Grades earned
  • School(s) attended
  • Vision, hearing, and academic screening results



  • Who has access to records
  • Referral information
  • Assessment plan
  • Parental consent for initial evaluation
  • Integrated assessment reports to determine eligibility
  • Parental consent for initial placement
  • The IEP with all components
  • Reevaluation information
  • Documentation of parental notices


   The Oneida school system is required, by law, to keep each child’s educational records private.  This means that no one but you and other authorized persons (such as teachers, specialists from the school who work with your child, and state/federal representatives) are allowed to see your child’s record.  No other person may see your child’s records unless you give your written permission.  The Oneida school system is required to keep a list of anyone who reviews your child’s records.  The list must include the reason for review, the date, and the name of the person.









   Students are expected to obey instructions from all school employees who are in the performance of meeting their duties and are to address all staff members with respectful words and tone.  Students are responsible to all school personnel at all times.





   Substitute teachers are to be accorded the same respect as regular classroom teachers.  Any student failing to maintain a proper relationship with a substitute teacher will be dealt with according to discipline procedures.




   Each student is expected to show respect for the rights and feelings of his/her fellow students.  Courteous treatment is encouraged by all students.  Pushing, shoving, and other types of misbehavior are not allowed.




   Official visitors (whether observers, guest speakers, or entertainers) are considered to be honored guests and will be treated with courtesy and respect.





   At the beginning of each school year, a district that received Title 1 funds must notify parents that they may request information about the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teacher(s).  If a parent requests the information, it must include at least whether the teacher has met state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas taught, whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status, the baccalaureate degree major of the teacher, and any other graduate certification.  The information must also disclose whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications [20 U.S.C. 6311(h)(6)].  A Title I school must also give timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified [20 U.S.C. 6311(h)(6)(B):20 U.S.C. 6312(c)(1)(N)].





   Bus drivers are in charge of the students on their buses, and their instructions are to be followed.  When you are waiting for your bus after school, you must stay in the appointed area until the bus arrives and you have been given permission to board.

   Offenses will carry the same punishment as those of similar offenses committed at school and may result in the loss of transportation privileges.  Those students who are not waiting for a bus or other means of transportation should leave campus as soon as school is over.  No one is allowed to roam around the campus at any time.



   Bus transportation is a privilege. If a student misses 5 consecutive days of bus pick up without communication with the bus driver or school, pick up privileges for that student will be suspended. After 5 days of missing pick up, parents must contact the Director of Schools for the possibility of reinstating pick up privileges. Parents are to make contact with the driver at certain specified times for pick up. After a total of 10 cumulative pick ups with the student not present for boarding the bus, pick up privileges will be suspended. The parent/guardian must let the bus driver know at designated times, if a student will be unavailable occasionally for pick up.




   Students shall conform to the following rules of bus behavior:

  • Remain back from the roadway while waiting for the bus.
  • Students shall not attempt to board the bus until the bus is fully stopped and then given permission to board.
  • Students shall not attempt to leave their seat on the bus until their destination is reached.
  • Keep hands, arms, and head inside the bus.
  • Articles, such as athletic equipment, books, and musical instruments, must be kept out of the aisle.
  • The emergency door shall be used for EMERGENCIES ONLY.
  • Students are not permitted to open or close windows without permission of the bus driver.
  • Students are under the supervision of the bus driver, and all reasonable direction given by him/her shall be followed.
  • Throwing objects in or out of the bus is prohibited.
  • Lighting matches, spitting, littering, and use of tobacco are prohibited on the bus.
  • Students shall refrain from rude, discourteous, and annoying conduct.
  • Fighting, pushing, tripping, or scuffling types of behavior are prohibited on the bus and at bus stops.
  • Wait for a signal from the bus driver BEFORE crossing the street at a bus stop. When crossing a street is necessary, students shall always do so far enough ahead of the bus so that they are able to see the face of the bus driver and said driver may adequately observe them.
  • No food or drink on the bus.



   The school bus driver will report incidents of misbehavior in writing to the school administration.  Serious misbehavior on the bus may lead to withdrawal of bus riding privileges and/or suspension from school.  Typical cases of bus misconduct will be handled in the following manner:


1st Offense:

  • Warning/Assigned seat.


2nd Offense:

  • Three-day suspension from bus.
  • Parent conference required for continuation of service.


3rd Offense:

  • Suspension from bus for remainder of the school year following due process procedures.


   Children riding to and from school in cars must be let out and picked up at the sidewalk in the parking lot.  Children are NOT to cross the parking lot to get to their rides.



We always strive to implement programs that will allow our students to grow and thrive. The Tribe community has been one of those programs that teaches skills that students will need to be successful in life. We meet monthly in our tribes to work on building good habits and relationships within our school community.

Be Respectful. Be responsible. Be Safe


OES Essential Habits

Please help by practicing these at home.


1: Respond to adults with "Yes ma'am" or "No sir"


19: Do not stare at a student

2: Make eye contact when someone is speaking


that is being reprimanded

3: Congratulate the winner or when someone


20: After dining in the cafeteria or elsewhere,

does something well


be responsible for your trash

If you win, do not brag. If you lose, do not show anger


21: On a bus, always face forward

4: Respect other students' comments, opinions, and ideas


22: When offered food, only take your fair share



23: If someone drops something and

5: Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough


you are close to it, pick it up

and say excuse me


24: Hold the door for people rather than letting

6: Do not show disrespect with gestures


it close on them

7: Always say thank you when given something


25: If someone bumps into you, say excuse me,

Do not insult the gift or the giver


even if it was not your fault

8: Surprise others by performing


26: On a field trip, enter a public building quietly

random acts of kindness


27: On a field trip,

9: Follow along when we read together in class


compliment the place you are visiting

10: Do not ask for a reward


28: During an assembly, do not speak or

11: Transitions will be swift, quiet, and orderly


call out to friends

12: Be as organized as possible


29: When walking in line, keep your arms at your

13: When homework is assigned, do not moan or


sides, and move quietly

complain. You must do your homework everyday


30: Never cut in line

14: Follow the specific classroom protocols


31: Do not bring perfume or anything scented into

15: When a substitute is present,


the classroom

all class rules still apply


32: If anyone is bullying you, let your teacher know

16: Keep yourself and the bathrooms


33: Stand up for what you believe in

clean and germ free


34: Be positive and enjoy life

17: Greet others and make them feel welcome


35: Learn from your mistakes and move on

18: Do not save seats in the lunchroom


36: No matter the circumstance, always be honest













   Oneida Elementary is a “CLOSED CAMPUS”.  Visitors MUST register in the office immediately upon entering the building.   We ask that all parents register in the office upon entering.  All meetings with the teachers, staff, or administration must be pre-arranged. Please see the Board Policy regarding volunteers during school hours. 




 If a student intents to move/transfer to another school, the parent/guardian should notify the school office/school counselor as soon as possible. At the time of the notification of the withdrawal from school, the student’s records are brought up-to-date and prepared for the date of withdrawal.  Students must return books and other school property; and pay cafeteria and other fees before withdrawal is complete.  Student records will be faxed, emailed, and/or mailed to the transferring school once the new school requests the student records. 





    Membership in the Oneida Elementary School Student Government is open to students in grades 4 and 5. The general mission of the student government is to provide students an opportunity to learn while serving others. The student government is administered by a set of guidelines outlined in the OES Student Government Constitution. The student government is “advised” by at least one full-time member of the OES faculty.





    The Oneida Special School District’s Asbestos Management Plan is located at the Oneida Board of Education at 195 N. Bank Street, Oneida TN 37841. The plan can be viewed Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 3:30 pm or by appointment. Please contact Dr. Jeanny Phillips for assistance at 423-569-8912 ext. 224.




            The office of Coordinated School Health handles all issues in regards to nutrition and mental health.  We believe that the mental and emotional health of all of our students and employees within the Oneida Special School District is of the utmost priority.  The Oneida Special School District follows the suicide postvention plans and guidelines for schools recommended by the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network and the CDC.  These postvention guidelines and procedures are listed in the Oneida Special School District’s ALL HAZARD PLAN that is approved by the SAVE ACT, Tennessee Department of Education, and Homeland Security. 


COVID-19 Disclaimer


            Due to the COVID-19pandemic, Oneida Special School District has been exploring different and reasonable ways to provide services to all students.  The District has worked with state and local agencies, including our local health department, to draft and implement guidelines moving forward regarding cleaning, screening, etc.  Though the District and its agents will work hard to implement and abide by those guidelines, neither the guidelines themselves nor even recommendations from the CDC would ever allow the District to guarantee an environment that is entirely free of COVID-19 related risks.

            By allowing your child to return to school, you must understand that your child’s attendance will require him/her to physically interact with the District’s staff members, other students, and even some limited volunteers. As such, despite all reasonable efforts on behalf of the District, physical interaction with the public at large may pose some unavoidable risks to you, your child, and your family due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  While the District hopes that everyone remains safe and healthy during this trying time, we also want to remain both honest and transparent with our parents about the very real risks posed by COVID-19 both inside and outside of our schools.