The school opens at 7:15 A.M. for bus students and car riders. Teachers are on duty in the gymnasium. Students may report to their classrooms beginning at 7:45 A.M. School officially starts at 8:00 A.M. Any student arriving in his homeroom after 8:05 A.M. must report to the office for a tardy excuse Repeated tardiness is very disruptive and should be avoided. Dismissal i~ the afternoons is at 2:55 for walkers and car riders. Walkers and car riders should not arrive before 7:15 or leave after 3:30. Children arriving before 7:15 A.M. or leaving after 3:30 P.M. must enroll in SAC. Students must be in school 3 1/2 hours each day to be counted present.

All students are expected to attend school regularly and be on time for classes in order to have maximum benefit from the instructional program and to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility. Absences should be limited to personal illness, family illness, medical or dental appointment, death in the family, or special religious holidays. Parent's and/or doctor's notes must accompany the student's return to school. After five absences a doctor's excuse is required. Absences without a note will be considered unexcused.

Any parent who wishes to pick up his/her child before normal dismissal time must sign the child out on the state form in the office. No teacher is allowed to dismiss a student during the school day without a permission slip from the office. Please check out students early only when they are sick or for essential reasons.

The decision to close school is made by the director of schools. Announcements will be made on Cookeville Cablevision Channel 7 and local radio stations. Please do not call the school when you suspect an early closing. Telephone lines need to remain open. We suggest that you have an emergency procedure set up in advance with your child in case of early closing.

Riding the bus is a privilege. Improper conduct will result in that privilege being denied. If it is necessary for a student to ride a bus different from the regularly scheduled one, parents are to send a note requesting permission. The note must be signed by the principal and given to the driver by the student when boarding the bus.

Bicycles cannot be ridden to and from school due to congested traffic and extremely unsafe conditions.

Walkers are advised to use the sidewalk to and from school in a safe, orderly manner.

452 Ellis Avenue - Cookeville TN 38501- (931) 526-9322