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     The mission at Ridge View is to motivate our students to strive for academic excellence in a safe and accepting environment and to provide the skills that will enable our students to become productive members of society.

     Be proud of your school. Take good care of it. As a school citizen you are expected to act like a student and conduct yourself properly. Study and learn as much as you can. You can succeed! Our sincere hope is that your experience at Ridge View will be one filled with happiness and success. We urge parents to support the teachers and all school activities. Parents’ positive attitude and support make a significant difference. Parents are welcome to visit our school.


Ridge View Faculty and Staff

Phone: 354-2111 or 354-5151

Cafeteria Phone: 354-5153

BASP Program: 354-5158 After 3:30



Doors Open/ Bus Duty               7:45 A.M.

Students to class                      8:10 A.M.                                                                               

Students Tardy                 8:15 A.M.

Lunch                                  10:30 - 12:30 P.M.

First Buses Load                        3:15 P.M.

Walkers & Car Riders                3:20 P.M.

Second Buses Load                    3:25 P.M.


Students should not be dropped off before 7:45 a.m. Gates and doors will not be opened until this time. All students should be let out and picked up in front of the building.




See Student code of conduct booklet



     Parents or guardians may request principal approval for student absence for such reasons as travel, cultural experiences, etc. up to 2 days each year. Requests shall be presented to the principal in writing at least 5 days in advance of the expected absence.



     Because of the school’s busy schedule, tardiness is discouraged. Being to school on time is part of learning a sense of responsibility. Students who are continually late will be referred to the Supervisor of Attendance. Students who are tardy must sign in at the office before entering the classroom.



     Leaving school early is discouraged because of missing out on important assignments or work. Students leaving early must be signed out in the school office by parents noting the reason for early departure on the sign out form.



     Leaving school without permission is strictly prohibited. Students are not to leave the school grounds for any reason after arriving at school unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.



     Parents are encouraged to contact the school anytime you want to talk about your child’s schoolwork. The school may schedule parent conferences during the school year, and your attendance will be encouraged. Please call in advance so that a meeting can be planned. Teachers will not be called out of the classroom to take a phone call except for an extreme emergency.



     All people entering our school must first sign in on the “Visitor’s Sign In/Sign-Out computer” and obtain a “Visitor’s Badge” at the office. This is in accordance with Tennessee State Law. Visitors are not permitted to attend class without special permission of the teacher and principal or assistant principal. All visitors are expected to leave promptly when their business is completed. This ensures that the normal routine of your child’s education is interrupted as little as possible.

     Visitors are asked to park in the front parking lot to avoid causing traffic problems. Cars should not be left unattended in the bus or traffic lanes. Vehicles illegally parked in the bus, fire lanes, or handicapped accessible spaces may be ticketed or towed. These lanes and spaces need to be free throughout the day for buses, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, and student dismissals.



     Students may not bring dangerous or distracting articles to school. Water guns, CD and tape players, radios, or other toys should be left at home. Each student is responsible for all of his/her personal property.



     Birthday parties are permitted from 2:30 to 3:00 P.M. only.



     Students shall dress and groom in a clean, neat and modest manner so as not to distract or interfere with the operation of the school. When a student is attired in a manner, which is likely to cause disruption or interference with the operation of the school, or is against the school dress code, the principal shall take appropriate action, which may include suspension. Dress Code: See Code of Conduct booklet.



No cell phones are allowed in grades Pre-K through 5.



     The Roane County School System furnishes textbooks to all students. These texts are the responsibility of each student. If textbooks are damaged or lost, the student is expected to pay for them. Your parents’ tax money pays for books and school buildings. Take good care of our school and everything in it. Any student who damages school property, windows, books, and equipment is responsible for payment.


                                                                        BREAKFAST & LUNCH

     Our school food service provides a nutritious, well-balanced breakfast and lunch. You are expected to be polite and quiet while going to, eating, and coming from the lunchroom. Through the Community Eligibility Program, all students will receive breakfast and lunch at no charge.



     Due to the ruling of the Tennessee State Health Department, it is mandatory that your child have a Tennessee Certificate of Immunization on file in the school office. REMEMBER: NO SHOTS - NO SCHOOL!



     The school phone is a business phone and is to be used only for that purpose. No student will be allowed to use the phone unless given permission by office personnel. A student cannot be called out of class to talk on the phone except in the case of an emergency of which the nature must be stated. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT STUDENTS AND PARENTS MAKE TRANSPORTATION ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE DAY BEFORE COMING TO SCHOOL.



     Any medication that is brought from home by a student is to be given immediately to the teacher upon arrival at school. The parent must complete the Medication Authorization Physician’s Statement Form and Parent Permission Form for Giving Medication at School (see attached). Medication must be in a current professionally labeled bottle from the pharmacist with the student’s name on the bottle.



     In case of unexpected bad weather, please do not call the school. Our phones must be kept open for emergencies. For any special instructions, please listen to the local radio station. TV Channels WVLT, WATE and WBIR will announce when there is no school. Parents can sign up to receive messages via text by texting @mrskamik to 81010.



     Students must not chew gum in the school building. Candy should not be brought to school, except as part of their lunch in their lunch box.



     If you and your family are going to be moving out of this school area, parents should come to the school office and complete a withdrawal form. Your records will be mailed to your new school after your parent signs an enrollment form there. Make sure you check-in all textbooks and library books before you leave. All fees owed to school must be paid before records are transferred.


                                                  EMERGENCY CARDS

     If at any time during the year a student’s phone number, address, or parent’s job changes, please send new information to the school office. We always need up-to-date information on every student’s emergency card in case of illness or injury. Any student who takes medication, is a diabetic, has a heart condition, or any other special needs should include this information on his/her emergency card and have his/her name on file in the school office.



     The signal for a fire drill is a buzzing of the fire alarm. It is extremely important for all students to remain calm, quiet, and listen to instructions during emergency drills. Teachers will explain emergency drill procedures to students at the beginning of the year, and practice drills will be conducted throughout the year. Tornado and Earthquake drills will also be conducted.



     Report cards are issued four times a year after each grading period. A report card is given to each student five school days after the last day of each grading period. The child is to return the report card the day after it is issued with the parent’s signature in the appropriate place on the back of the card.



   All students will receive the Roane County Schools Students Code of Conduct. This document along with BOE Policy will provide the framework for dealing with student behavior.  


                                                                                       BUS RULES

     Riding a bus is a privilege. All pupils on the bus are under the authority of the bus driver. Students must obey the driver and the bus rules. Failure to do so can result in a child not being permitted to ride a school bus. Before any student can ride another bus, a note must be sent from home and approved by the principal or assistant principal. A copy of the bus rules will be sent home with each student.


                                                 ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

     In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment free of drugs, battery and dangerous weapons, any student who engages in the following behavior will be subject to expulsion for a period of not less than one calendar year. The superintendent shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis. Zero tolerance acts include, but are not limited to:

     Any student who, while on a school bus, on school property or while attending any school event or activity:

     a) Unlawfully possesses any narcotic, stimulant, barbiturate, or legend drugs in violation of controlled substance laws of the State of Tennessee; or

     b) Possesses a weapon; or

     c) Commits a battery on a teacher or other employee of the school.




     Ridge View Elementary School will establish an environment in which children will be safe, secure and have maximum opportunity to learn.

To accomplish this goal, we have a School Wide Positive Behavior Plan. This plan specifies rules to cover the behaviors we expect from our students. The plan also states the consequences that will be administered if a student chooses to break the rules.






Bus Line Behavior:

1. Sit quietly and face the front of the line.

2. Keep your belongings in your backpack.

3. No talking – bring a book or other reading material.

4. Keep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself.

Cafeteria Behavior:

1. Walk at all times.

2. Use your indoor voice when talking and chew food with your mouth closed.

3. Raise your hand and stop talking at the monitor’s direction.

4. Stay seated. Raise your hand for assistance.

5. Keep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself.


                                              Parent Notification Information

   . Parents have the right to request information about the professional qualifications concerning their child’s teacher(s) and should be informed if their child is served by any paraprofessionals providing educational assistance, and if so, their qualifications. Teaching certifications can be found by accessing the Tennessee Department of Education web site for Teacher Licensing or by contacting the Central Office at 865-376-5592.


     . Parents must receive notification if their child is being taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks in a core curriculum subject by a teacher not highly qualified.


     . Parents will have access to system/school report cards as developed by the State Department of Education and available (usually in late fall of each year) through their web site or at the school and/or Central Office.


     . Parents will be informed if their child is enrolled in a school identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring. They will also receive an explanation of what this means, academic comparison with district and state, and steps being taken to improve achievement and parent involvement.


.       Parents should know that they may request in writing that their child’s name, address and telephone number not be released to a military recruiter without prior written consent. 


 . Parents will be informed by annual notice regarding the availability of supplemental educational services if a school fails to meet adequate yearly progress.


     . Parents must receive annual academic results for mid-reporting periods and the end of reporting periods, TCAP Achievement results in grades 3-8, Writing Assessment in grades 3-11 and End of Course in a timely manner as required by local Board policy and the State Department of Education.


   . Parents of a student identified as limited English proficient (ELL-English Language Learner) must be notified in a timely manner of their child’s participation in an ESL Program, details of the program, rights to waive participation, and specific information on the child’s level of English proficiency.


   . A parental involvement policy is available in the school’s handbook or by contacting the school office. Title 1 Schools: a written parental involvement policy will be developed jointly with and distributed to parents of children participating in Title I Programs. This includes an annual meeting for parents to inform them of their school’s participation in programs (i.e. Title I) funded under the No Child Left Behind federal legislation.


   . Schools and parents must be notified of school-wide program authority under which schools can consolidate funds from federal, state, and local sources to upgrade the educational program of the entire school. The qualification is 40% of students must be from verified low income families.


. Parents can visit the state’s web site to access a description of the curriculum (Tennessee Curriculum Standards), assessment, and proficiency levels students are expected to meet.


   . Parents have access to district and school information and reports through the media (local newspaper and radio), and the system / school report cards available on the state web site or at the system’s administrative offices.


   . The Roane County School Board Policy relating to student privacy and parental access to information is available in the school Board Policy Manual located at each school and the Central Office. Notification of rights and release of directory information under FERPA, the Family Education Rights and Policy Act, is also done through media announcements. This Federal law affords parents and students (over 18 years of age) certain rights with respect to educational records. Parents will be notified of any change to board policy. More information on FERPA is available at the Central Administrative Offices.


   . Students and parents are encouraged to participate in safe and drug-free school programs to prevent student violence and drug use. Parents can request in writing their child’s non-participation in such activities.


   . School health requirements, policies, and procedures (i.e. immunizations, medication at school, etc.) are available for the Roane County Health Department Office, school principal, or school nurse.