As a member of the BES community,
I respect myself, others, and my school.
I am responsible for my own work, words, and behavior.
I do my best every day, in all things.
I display a positive attitude.
I work to keep our school safe, clean, and happy.
I know that my future is a result of my choices.
I choose to have a great day and be successful in all my endeavors.

As ONE BOWDON, our mission is to educate with PRIDE, the head, heart, and hands for today and tomorrow.

Our students will think critically, act compassionately, work meaningfully, choose wisely, and live joyfully.

high learning expectations for everyone that drive success and prepare students to be lifelong learners.
develop and nurture children who possess respect and compassion for themselves and others.
build students of action and accountability who serve their community and global society.


Bowdon Elementary has been a schoolwide
Title I school for the last ten years. BES became a Title I school because 50% or more of the students qualified for free or reduced lunch. Title I schools receive funds under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Congress first passed the ESEA in 1965 to help educate disadvantaged children. In 2001, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with passage of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). It is designed to improve student achievement and change the culture of America's schools, and it is the principle law affecting education from kindergarten through high school. Schools that have school-wide programs are designed to raise the achievement of low-achieving students by improving instruction throughout the entire school.
Each fall as the school year begins; we send home a free and reduced lunch form for parents to complete. Parent's only need to fill out one application for the entire family this year. It is the count from this form that qualifies our school for the Title I funds. That is why it is so important to us that you complete the form and return it to school.

"Federal Title II Equity Guidelines have challenged school districts to review their practices of student placement in order that ALL students will have equitable access to highly qualified, experienced, effective teachers. As a result Carroll County Schools will not be accepting parent verbal or written request of a particular teacher for the placement of their child. Every effort will be made to provide all children with equitable opportunity to highly qualified, experienced, effective teachers and instruction. Thank you for your cooperation."

Each student is expected to provide his or her own pencils, paper, notebooks, crayons, and other basic supplies. A school supply list is posted for each grade on the BES website at

Money: Do not bring more money to school than necessary each day. Try to bring correct change. The school cannot be responsible for money that is lost or stolen. To use instructional time wisely, BES only collects ice cream money on Mondays or the first school day of the week(in case of holidays).If money is sent on other days it will be returned home. Please send different types of money in separate envelopes labeled with: Child's name, teacher's name, and type of money (picture, lunch, snack, breakfast, fieldtrip, etc.)

Yearbooks: The yearbook staff compiles the yearbook, Highlights, for grades PreK5. Anyone who wishes to purchase one may do so. Announcements will be made as to when they will go on sale. Yearbook will be delivered in late May.

Pictures: In the fall of each year students will have pictures taken for the yearbook. Proofs will be sent to parents with a list of available packets and prices. The parent(s) may send the envelope back with their choice of packet selected and the money enclosed or they may choose not to purchase a packet. Spring and Christmas pictures will also be taken.

Donations: Bowdon Elementary School requests and is grateful for parent donations. We feel that your donations will benefit your child's education. However, your child's participation in the instructional program is in no way conditional upon the degree or lack of compliance to this request.

IdentaKid comes every year for anyone who would like to have Identity cards made for their students. Theses are great to have in case of an emergency or if something happens to your child. They are connected to a national database. An envelope will go home with the date and information about the program at that time. We will send a reminder home by your child the week before as a reminder.

The Carroll County Board of Education has scheduled the Board Meeting Dates for January 2014 through December 2014 as follows:
The Regular Board Meetings will be held on the third Thursday of each month with the Public Meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m. There are two exceptions. The Regular Board Meeting in February will be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month and the October board meeting will be held on the fourth Thursday of the month. Executive Session will be prior to the 6:00 p.m. Public Meeting.
The Work Session/Board Meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. each month on the Monday prior to each Regular Board Meeting with the exception of July 2014. No Work Session/Board Meeting will be held prior to the Regular Board Meeting on July 17, 2014.
All meetings will be held at the Carroll County Board of Education, J.M. Gammon Board Room,164 Independence Drive, Carrollton, GA unless otherwise notified.

Jon Anderson, Chairperson District VII
Sandra Morris, Vice Chairperson District II
Bart Cater District VI
Rob Cleveland District I
Chris Gammon District III
Donald Nixon District V
Denise Askin Pate District IV

The Carroll County School System does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin or handicap in its educational programs, activities or employment practices. The sex equity, Title IX, Civil Rights and ADA Coordinator is the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, 7708323568. 

State law prohibits discrimination based on gender in athletic programs of local school systems (Equity in Sports Act, O.C.G.A. § 202315).
Students are hereby notified that the Carroll County School System does not discriminate on the basis of gender in its athletic programs. The Sports Equity Coordinator for Carroll County Schools is the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. Inquiries or complaints concerning sports equity in this school system may be submitted to the Sports Equity Coordinator at the following address:
Carroll County Board Of Education, 164 Independence Drive, Carrollton, Georgia 30116

The Carroll County School System accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACSCASI).

The program of instruction is designed to prepare students with the skills and knowledge needed to enter the world of work and to continue the ir education. The curriculum is designed to satisfy these goals by providing the skills needed for cognitive and affective growth. The staff is committed to the development of the individual. Instructional activities are designed to develop the intellectual, personal, physical, and social potential of each student. To assure the necessary academic skills are mastered, students are given standardized tests at various grade levels. Additional tests called Student Learning Objectives will be given in each grade PK3rd grade. GA Milestones(Georgia Milestones Assessment System) will be administered to grades 35.This will replace the current CRCT(CriterionReferenced Competency Tests).

Textbooks are furnished without cost to students. Textbooks are the property of the State of Georgia and the Carroll County School System. Students and their parents are held accountable for textbooks which are lost or damaged. The school system must be reimbursed for lost or damaged textbooks. The Carroll County Board of Education provides the materials necessary for the instructional programs in schools. However, students are expected to provide the usual paper, pencils, and other consumable supplies.

The standardized testing program is designed to identify areas in need of improvement for individual students as well as instructional programs. Various assessments may be used to determine instructional needs of students. Parents and students are provided advance notice of test dates and are routinely informed of individual test results. School and systemwide results are published annually. 3,4 & 5 graders must meet on the GA Milestones in Reading to go
to the next grade level, and 5th must meet on the GA Milestones in Math to go to the next grade level.

All parents and/or guardians may access their child's attendance and schedule through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal on the Internet. Please check with your child's school to receive login information and access.Parents of students in 4th-12 grades may access their child's grades with their Parent Portal number. If you do not have one see Mrs. Stephanie in the office to get one. For confidentiality reasons, you must come in to get it. You can't get it over the phone!

If school is to be called off due to bad weather, announcements will be made on the radio stations in Carrollton (WBTR FM92, 105.5 and WLBB AM 1100) and also on Channel 2 television. Watch and listen for those announcements. School Messenger will notify parents by phone regarding school closings.

Parents have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom
teachers, including:
• Whether the teacher has met state qualifications for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher
• Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status.
• The baccalaureate degree of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher and the
field or discipline of the certification or degree.
• Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals.
Also, if a student has been assigned to or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher of a core
academic subject who is not highly qualified, the parents must be provided a timely notice.

Students wishing to report instances of alleged inappropriate behavior by teachers, administrators or other school employees towards a student shall do so utilizing the process established by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. This shall not prohibit students from reporting the incident to law enforcement authorities. Student Reporting of Acts of Sexual Abuse or Sexual Misconduct
(a) Any student (or parent or friend of a student) who has been the victim of an act of sexual abuse or sexual
misconduct by a teacher, administrator or other school system employee is urged to make an oral report of the act to any teacher, counselor or administrator at his/her school.
(b) Any teacher, counselor or administrator receiving a report of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct of a student by a teacher, administrator or other employee shall make an oral report of the incident immediately by telephone or
otherwise to the school principal or principal's designee, and shall submit a written report of the incident to the school principal or principal's designee within 24 hours. If the principal is the person accused of the sexual abuse or sexual misconduct, the oral and written reports should be made to the superintendent or the superintendent's designee.
(c) Any school principal or principal's designee receiving a report of sexual abuse as defined in O.C.G.A. 1975
shall make an oral report immediately, but in no case later than 24 hours from the time there is reasonable cause to believe a child has been abused. The report should be made by telephone and followed by a written report in writing, if requested, to a child welfare agency providing protective services, as designated by the Department of Human Resources, or, in the absence of such agency, to an appropriate police authority or district attorney. Reports of acts of sexual misconduct against a student by a teacher, administrator or other employee not covered by O.C.G.A.1975 or 2021184 shall be investigated immediately by school or system personnel. If the investigation of the allegation of sexual misconduct indicates a reasonable cause to believe that the report of sexual misconduct is valid, the school principal or principal's designee shall make an immediate written report to the superintendent and the Professional Standards Commission Ethics Division.


∙ Visitors All parents and other visitors in our school must check in at the office and receive a visitor's pass to wear while on campus.

∙ Student checkout
Only individuals designated by the parent on the registration card will be allowed to check students out of school.
∙ Fire drills- Fire drills are held at regular intervals at Bowdon Elementary. Evacuation information is posted in each classroom and students receive instruction in proper procedure.
∙ Tornado and Disaster Drills
Tornado drills are held at specific times including tornado season. Disaster drill information is posted in each classroom and students receive instruction in proper procedure.
∙ School Bus Evacuation Drill
Each bus driver is responsible for explaining and periodically demonstrating the bus evacuation plan to classroom students.
∙ Emergency Preparedness Plan
BES has established emergency procedures to be used in the event of a disaster or emergency.
∙ Locked Doors
During regular school hours, all outside doors will be locked except for the main entrance. This provides additional security for students and staff. This also allows the school to monitor who enters the buildings.
Also, all classroom doors are to stay locked throughout the day to ensure safety of our students.
∙ Weapons PolicyStudents
and nonstudents,
including adults and visiting youths, are forbidden to knowing or
voluntarily possess, store in an area subject to one's control, handle, transmit or use any instrument that is
considered a weapon or "lookalike"
weapon in school, on school grounds, at school activities, at bus stops, on
buses, or at school events.
∙ Harassment PolicyThe
Carroll County School District prohibits discrimination, harassment or violence on the
basis of sex, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or public assistance status.
∙ No Smoking or using Tobacco ProductsAll
persons on the property of the Carroll County Board of Education
shall be prohibited from the use of tobacco products while on school grounds. Board Policy Adopted 41387.
The purpose of a dress code is not to inhibit any person's taste in attire, but rather to better facilitate the process of
education through reasonable guidelines of "dress." Instilling dignity, pride, modesty, and cleanliness are our goals.
For these reasons, some types of clothing are prohibited. These dress code guidelines are for faculty, staff, students
and volunteers.
Prohibited Clothing Items:
1. Seethrough
or mesh clothing
2. Garments that expose the midriff and/or cleavage
3. Halter tops, tank tops, and sleeveless shirts
4. Tennis, gym, biking, short shorts, leggings, lounging pants, pajamas
5. Garments that expose underclothing or impede walking
6. Garments that are poorly fitted, oversized, excessively tight, or extremely baggy.
7. Holes and/or frays in fabric
8. Hats, visors, hoods, or other head garments including nonprescription
sunglasses inside the school building
9. Cleats, and/or heelies inside any school building; bedroom slippers, and/or novelty footwear deemed inappropriate
by the principal.
10. Garments which display emblems relating to abusive substances, tobacco products, alcohol, sex, violence, and
11. Garments that might be considered socially unacceptable or inflammatory
12. Any emblem, sign, or representation of a gang symbol, or any garment indicating a gang affiliation
Acceptable Clothing Standards
The following acceptable clothing standards shall apply:
1. Pants, trousers, jeans, capris, etc., are permitted. Plain jeans may be worn in any color.
2. All pants, trousers, jeans, capris, etc., must be worn at the waist. Belts shall be worn securely at the waist.
3. Shorts, skirts, and dresses shall measure no shorter than three (3) inches from midkneecap.
4. Shirts shall have a sleeve and shall fit properly. Shirts that do not fit properly shall be worn tucked in.
5. Leggings are acceptable with a shirt or dress 3 inches above the midkneecap.
The principal has the authority to determine appropriate dress.
MEDICATION GUIDELINES: Elementary and Middle School Grades
1. The school will not keep a stock of nonprescription
drugs (pain relievers or other medication). The school will only
administer medications parents send to school when parents adhere to the guidelines in this policy.
2. All drugs to be administered to, or taken by students, prescription, or nonprescription, are to be locked in the
school office or other locations as designated by the principal where the principal or his designee can monitor the
3.All prescription drugs administered during school hours by school personnel should be signed out on a daily log
sheet with the following information:
and time drug administered;
of medication and dosage; and
of person administering drug.
4. In the event that medication administration requires an apparatus, it is the parent's responsibility to bring an
apparatus to school in order to demonstrate to the teacher/principal how the medication is to be administered. The
school will not administer any medication requiring an apparatus unless the parent specifically demonstrates how to
use the apparatus and leaves written instructions at the school.
A. Shortterm
prescription drugs (to be administered for less than 30 days).
1. All shortterm
prescription drugs to be administered at school must have the following:
a. Written instructions, signed by the parent of legal guardian, which includes:
of child;
of physician;
of medication;
to be given; and
and time to be given.
b. Medication contained in a prescription bottle, properly labeled by the pharmacist. Parents are to send one (1) day's
dosage of medication each day to be administered by school personnel. (The pharmacist will provide the parent with
duplicate bottles so the primary prescription bottle can be left at home).
2. In the event that medications arrive at the school without proper labeling or instructions, a school staff member will
contact the parent to verify the medication instructions, and to notify them of the proper procedure. If the parent
cannot be contacted, the medication will not be administered.
B. Longterm
prescription drugs (to be administered for more than 30 days).
1. All longterm
daily medications to be administered by school personnel must have the
a. A completed drug administration form that is kept on file in the school office.
This form must include:
information set forth in (A) above;
signature of the child's physician; and
other information deemed necessary by the principal.
For children on longterm
prescription drugs, the parent or legal guardian will be required to meet with the principal.
The principal and parent or legal guardian will determine specific procedures for administration of the drug (time,
method, staff, storage, delivery of refills to school, etc.), and an authorization form (contract) will be signed by both
parties. Each authorization form shall be effective for no longer than one (1) school year, and/or each time the drug or
dosage is changed, whichever occurs first. b. Medication contained in the original prescription bottle, properly labeled
by a pharmacist. In the event that medications arrive at the school without proper labeling or instructions, a school
staff member will contact the parent to verify the medication instructions and to notify the parent of the proper
procedure. If clarification is obtained, that day's dosage will be administered. If the parent cannot be contacted, the
medication will not be given.
2. All longterm
medications are to be kept securely locked in the school office.
3. A student who has asthma may possess and use his/her asthma medication as prescribed:
• While in school;
• At a schoolsponsored
• While under the supervision of school personnel; or
• While in beforeschool
or afterschool
care on school operated property.
1. The principal or designated staff member has the authority to ask a student to account for, explain and show any
medications the student takes while on school property.
1. All nonprescription
drugs to be administered at school must have the following:
a. Written instructions, signed by the parent or legal guardian, which includes:
of child;
of medication;
and time to be given; and
to be given.
b. Medication in a container labeled by the parent with the above information. Parents are to send one (1) day's
dosage of the nonprescription
medication each day the drug is to be given by school personnel. Nonprescription
medications do not need to be signed out on a school log sheet.
When a student becomes sick enough to call his/her parents, he/she may do so. If the student is throwing up, or
temperature exceeds 100.0, then the student will remain in the clinic until someone comes to pick him/her up.
If a student leaves before the end of the school day for any reason, parents must sign the child out in the office.
A student must leave school with a parent or some other adult who has been designated by the parent on the
registration card, or consent to leave must be given by the parent by a note or telephone.
If a student is sent home with a fever of 100 degrees or more, he/she can not return to school until he/she is
without medication for 24 hours! Also, if your child is throwing up, your child needs to go 24 hours without
symptoms before he/she can return to school.
In the event of injury, parents will be notified and a decision will be made about whether the parent should pick the
child up from school.
If the injury is serious, parents will be contacted and if needed, emergency transport will be contacted. It is very
important that all phone numbers and emergency contacts are kept up to date so that if something should happen to
your child the school will be able to contact you in such an emergency.
It is the parents' responsibility to keep the emergency information current. The school needs at least one
working number and a correct, current address for every child. This is for your child's safety!!
The school will have periodic screenings for head lice. In the event that we believe your child has head lice, we will
contact you and ask you to remove your child from school. Before your child can be readmitted
to school
he/she must be free from nits and lice. You must provide proof of treatment. Your child must be brought in
and rechecked by the nurse before he/she can return to class. Your child cannot return to school on the
bus without being rechecked. Only 3 days are allowed for excused absences for head lice each year.
Accident insurance can be purchased for students. Coverage is the option of the parent or guardian, and all claims
are filed directly with the insurance company. Information about purchasing student accident insurance can be
obtained directly from the school.
In the event of an accident or illness, the student will receive emergency treatment deemed necessary and the parent
or guardian will be responsible for any costs incurred. URL:
School attendance is compulsory in Georgia between the ages of six (6) and sixteen (16).
Children enrolled in the public schools prior to their sixth birthday are subject to this law and the rules of the State
Board of Education governing compulsory attendance, even though they have not attained six years of age. The
professional staff has the responsibility to enforce the compulsory attendance law where applicable. School social
workers have the authority and duty to file proceedings in court to enforce the compulsory attendance law.
During the day the students are the responsibility of the school. Parents expect the school to take proper care of their
children and to protect them with proper supervision. In order that this may be done, no student is to leave school
without following proper checkout procedures. Leaving school without following proper checkout procedures is a
serious offense and any student guilty of this is subject to suspension.
Attendance has a vital bearing on the educational process. It should not be encouraged to the point of keeping
children in school who are sick, but should be insisted upon to the maintaining interest and facilitating progress.
Students may be counted legally present:
• When actually present;
• When acting as an official page in the legislative assembly;
• When present for onehalf
day or more;
• When assigned inschool
• When representing the school at a school function; and
• When students are served by the hospital/homebound teacher;
• Attending a school sponsored event/activity;
The State requires a daily record of attendance to be maintained. The attendance record must reflect whether each
absence is lawful or unlawful in accordance with the law. Attendance is also recorded by class. All attendance
requirements will be considered at the class level.
Before admission to class or returning to school following an absence, a student must report to the school principal
or his/her designee with a written note from a parent, guardian, physician, or legal authority stating the reason for the
absence. The principal or designee will determine whether an absence is lawful in accordance with policies and
regulations of the Carroll County Board of Education, that are based on the compulsory attendance law.
Please note: the school will allow a maximum of five absences per year to be excused on the authority of written
parent notes. The principal may review and accept written parent notes in excess of five absences if the principal
determines the reason for the excuse is appropriate.
Additional absences will be excused only with an original medical excuse signed by a health care
The following are those excuses that can be defined as lawful:
• When a student is personally ill and when attendance in school would endanger his/her health or the health of
• When in a student's immediate family there is a serious illness or death which would reasonably necessitate
absence from school;
• On special and recognized religious holidays observed by his/her faith;
• When mandated by order of governmental agencies
• When a student whose parent or legal guardian is in military service in the armed forces of the United States or the
National Guard, and such parent or legal guardian has been called to duty for or in on leave from overseas
deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting, a student shall be granted excused absences up to a
maximum of five school days per school year for the day or days missed from school to visit with his or her parent or
legal guardian prior to such parent's or legal guardian's deployment or during such parent's or legal guardian's leave.
All other absences are considered unlawful.
Truant Students
Truant is defined as any child subject to compulsory attendance who, during the school calendar year, has more than
five days of unexcused absences. School days missed as a result of an out ofschool
suspension (OSS) shall not
count as unexcused days for the purpose of determining truancy.
Parents are urged to arrange doctor visits for well health issues outside of school hours. Students with doctor
appointments will be excused only for the time of the visit and a reasonable time before and after the visit. The
remaining portion of the day shall be counted unlawful. Excuses from medical facilities are required to specify the
time the student was at the medical facility.
Any student who has a pattern or history of absences may be asked to provide doctors excuses
for each absence. Students with excessive absences due to medical reasons will be referred to
the school nurse to facilitate school attendance.
Hospital/Homebound Services
Students may be eligible for instruction through the hospital/homebound program if a doctor anticipates that the
student will be out a minimum of ten consecutive days due to illness or accident. Students with chronic health
conditions that cause intermittent periods of absence, that may be less than ten days on each occasion, may also be
eligible for instruction through the hospital/homebound program. Such absences require medical documentation and
must be approved by school personnel and the hospital/homebound program.
Tardies and Leaving School Before the End of the Instructional Day
Students are required to arrive at school in time for them to be in their assigned classroom before the time set by the
school administrators. Students not in their classrooms at that time will be counted tardy. The students may be
counted absent from the class or classes missed if they are not present for the entire class period. Tardies at the
elementary level will be handled by parent contact and conferences with the school social worker. Leaving school
before the end of the instructional day may only be for lawful reasons. Students leaving before the end of the day may
be counted absent from the class or classes missed if they are not present for the entire class.
Make up Work Procedure for Absences
work assignments must be arranged within three school days upon the student's return to school. The
student or parent is responsible for making the arrangements for the makeup
Maximum number of Absences/Tardies.
Fifteen or more absences at the elementary and middle school level will result in consideration for retention.
All makeup
work must be completed within two weeks after the end of the semester. If the student has any
unexcused absences and there are no unusual conditions or extenuating circumstances relating to the student's
personal life or family situation, the student shall not be allowed to receive credit for the semester, even if the student
has passing grades. Any student missing 7 consecutive days without contacting the school will be notified by school
personnel that they will be withdrawn within five working days if the school is not notified as to the reason for
absence. This applies only to those students not affected by the compulsory attendance law. To promote attendance
and encourage parental involvement, parental contact will be attempted on the date of absence. Additionally, the
following contacts as specified in GADOE Board Rule 16055.
10 and in accordance with Carroll County Student
Attendance Protocol will be made to the parent, guardian, or other person who has control or charge of the student:
1) When a student has five unexcused absences and/or tardies notices of penalties and consequences for these and
subsequent absences are discussed in parent conferences.
2) By September 1 of each school year or within 30 school days of a student's enrollment in the school system, a
written summary of possible consequences and penalties for failure to comply with compulsory attendance.
All dismissals of students will be done through the main office. Each child must be signed out by his or her
parent/guardian unless written and/or verbal parent permission is given to the office staff. Students will be called to
the office. Leaving school without following proper checkout procedures is a serious offense, and any pupil guilty of
this is subject to school discipline. If your child needs to check out early, they must be checked out before
2:00pm. ALL early checkouts will count as a tardy.
Most articles that are found are turned in to the office. If that article is labeled, the child will be called to the office to
pick it up. If the article is unlabeled and not claimed, it will be placed in a storage room for a period of time. After that it
may be discarded or given away. Please label all outer clothing. Any parent may come in and look for his or her
child's lost articles.
Parent Teacher Organization
Parental involvement is an excellent way to support your child and our school. Our Parent Teacher Organization
(PTO) meetings quarterly throughout the year and has many events that you can get involved in help BES and to get
active at BES.
BES has a very active Parent Volunteer Program! Not just parents can get involved. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, or
anyone who wants to get involved at BES can sign up to volunteer. If you wish to sign up please contact Cindy
Wilson at 7702582161.
All volunteers must go through training and get a badge before they can work on campus.
Volunteers must signin
and out at the main office every time they volunteer. Please see the full list of rules and
procedures when you sign up. Parents who are actively involved with their child's education do better in school.
BES now has a Parent Café where you and your child can enjoy a quiet lunch together. Please find out what time
your child has lunch and meet your child in front of the cafeteria, then you are welcome to take your child to the café
to enjoy lunch during your child's lunch time. Adults are welcome to purchase an adult plate from the cafeteria or you
may bring outside food in with you. Only family members of your child will be allowed to eat with you and your
child. Your child's friends are not allowed to eat with you and your child. Please stop by and enjoy our café!!
A student who is not doing his or her best needs support and encouragement from his or her parents as well as from
the teacher. Therefore, we at Bowdon Elementary encourage parentteacher
conferences in order to provide a
promote student success. Parentteacher
conferences are scheduled during the teacher's planning period or from
3:15 until 4:00 and should be arranged through the school office or the teacher.
conferences interrupt instructional time so please schedule conferences in advance.
Parent and community support is an important component of successful educational reform. School councils were
created by law in Georgia to involve teachers, parents and businesspersons in local school issues focusing on
student achievement. The council meets quarterly.
Student agendas are sent home every day. Also, red folders will be sent home on Tuesdays. Please use the agenda
and red folder as a way to send and receive important information about your child's education. Please encourage
your child to get home with these notes in a readable condition. In order to make students want to take the notes
home, show interest by reading the notes with them. In many cases, the notes have to be signed and returned to
your child's teacher. Please check your child's book bag daily. Look for the BES Newsletter each nine weeks in your
child's red folder for school wide information.
It is the child's responsibility to give teachers notes or money which parents have placed in book bags.
All grade levels will be permitted to have two major parties of their choice during the year. Grade mothers are
selected at the first of the year to assist the teacher with these two parties. Teachers may request refreshments to
be sent for additional occasions. All egg hunts will be held by grade level on school or public property. All room
mothers for each grade should try to coordinate the parties together with each other and/or the teachers so that all
children of that grade level may have similar parties. Students are not allowed to have birthday parties at school. If
you wish to send a special snack for the class to enjoy during snack time to celebrate your child's birthday, it must be
preapproved by the teacher and must be store bought per Carroll County Board of Education Policy.
Students will be allowed to participate in curriculum related field trips which are designed to enhance their educational
experiences. A permission note will be sent home with information concerning each trip. The signed permission note
must be returned in order for your child to participate. Students participating in a school sponsored field trip must ride
to and from the destination on school transportation. No siblings of participants of any age may participate in a field
trip. All chaperones must be over 21. Donations for field trips may be requested in order to pay admission and travel
expenses. No student will be denied the opportunity to participate in a school sponsored field trip because of inability
to pay. However, if funds designated for the trip are inadequate, the trip may be cancelled. Funds will then be
reimbursed to parents. The principal has the authority to exclude any student from participation on any field trip.
Students are allowed to bring a healthy morning snack from home if they choose. Please no sodas, or chocolate. Ice
Cream will be sold in the afternoons for $.75. Students get ice cream right after lunch as they go to recess. You must
send money for the week or month on Mondays if you wish for your child to get ice cream. Money will not be taken in
the ice cream room.
Change of Address or Phone Number
Student information needs to be kept up to date at all times. Please notify the school of any change of address or
phone number as soon as possible. These phone numbers are our only way to contact you if there is an emergency
with your child.
Withdrawal Procedures
Parents should notify the office staff at least one day in advance when a student is to be withdrawn. All textbooks and
library books must be returned. Any financial obligations must be cleared before the student officially withdraws.
The school system is authorized to withdraw a student for the following reasons when the student:
• Has missed more than 10 consecutive days of unexcused absences:
• Is not subject to compulsory school attendance; and
• Is not receiving instructional services from the local school system through homebound instruction or instructional
services required by the federal Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Parental Permission and Notification of Student Withdrawal
The school system is authorized to withdraw a student subject to compulsory attendance only if the local
superintendent or the superintendent's designee has determined the student is no longer a resident of the local
school system or is enrolled in a private school or home study program.
The use of the Internet is a part of the instructional program. Internet use is only allowed for educational assignments.
The streaming of audio and or video, playing Internet games, the use of chat rooms, or using the Internet for
purposes is prohibited. Our computer labs are open from 2:403:
45pm each day to all parents to
access any resources to help their child be successful.
Child Custody
In cases involving court ordered custody of children, the appropriate legal custody documentation must be on file at
school in order to assure compliance with any limiting court order.
Carroll County School System
Acceptable Use Policy
Internet and School Network Use Contract for Students
Carroll County School System is pleased to announce that Internet electronic information services are now available
to students and staff in our school system who qualify. The Carroll County School System strongly believes in the
educational value of such electronic services and recognizes their potential to support its curriculum and student
learning in facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The Carroll County School System will make
every effort to protect students and teachers from any misuses or abuses as a result of your experiences with an
information service. Inappropriate and/or illegal interaction with the information service is strictly prohibited. Please
read this document carefully. When signed by you, and if appropriate, your guardian/parent it becomes a legally
binding contract. We must have your initials where indicated and your signature and that of your guardian/parent (if
you are under 18) before we can provide you with an access account. Listed below are the provisions of this
contract. If any user violates these provisions, access to the information service may be denied and you may be
subject to disciplinary action. Terms and Conditions of This Contract
1. User Responsibility. As a representative of this school, I will accept user responsibility for reporting any misuse of
the network to the system administrator. Misuse may come in many forms, but it is commonly viewed as any
message(s) sent or received that indicate or suggest pornography, unethical or illegal solicitation, racism, sexism,
inappropriate language, and other issues described below.
2. Acceptable Use. The use of my assigned account must be in support of education and research and with the
educational goals and objectives of the Carroll County School System. I am personally responsible for this provision
at all times when using the electronic information service.
a. Use of other organizations' networks or computing resources must comply with rules appropriate to that network.
b. Transmission of any material in violation of any United States or other state organizations is prohibited. This
includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade
c. Use of commercial activities by forprofit
institutions is generally not acceptable.
d. Use of product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.
3. Privileges. The use of the information system is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a
cancellation of those privileges. Before receiving an account, each student and teacher will participate in a training
session as to proper behavior and use of the network. The media specialist and/or the technology trainer will decide
what is appropriate use and his/her decision is final. The system administrator or staff may close an account at any
time deemed necessary. The administration or staff of a particular school may request that the system administrator
deny, revoke or suspend specific user accounts.
4. Network Etiquette and Privacy. You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.
These rules have been explained in your training session and are posted by the computer.
5. Services. The Carroll County School System makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for
the service it is providing. Carroll County School System will not be responsible for any damages suffered while on
this system. These damages include loss of data as a result of delays, nondeliveries,
or service
interruptions caused by the system or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the information
system is at your own risk. The Carroll County School System specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy
of information obtained through its services.
6. Security. Security on any computer system is a high priority because there are so many users. If you identify a
security problem, notify the system administrator at once. Never demonstrate the problem to other users. Never use
another individual's account without written permission from that person. All use of the system must be under your
own account. Any user identified as a security risk will be denied access to the information system.
7. Vandalism. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user or any other
agencies or networks that are connected to the system. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation
of computer viruses. Any vandalism will result in the loss of computer services, disciplinary action, and legal referral.
8. Updating. The information service may occasionally require new registration and account information from you to
continue the service. You must notify the information system of any changes in your account information.
Internet Acceptable Use Required
I understand and will abide by the provisions and conditions of this contract. I understand any violations of the above
provisions may result in disciplinary action, the revoking of user account, and appropriate legal action. I also agree to
report any misuse of the inform system to the system administrator. Misuse may come in many forms, but may be
viewed as any messages sent or received that indicate or suggest pornography, unethical or illegal solicitation,
racism, sexism, inappropriate language, and other issues described above.
Students under the age of 18 must also have the signature of a parent or guardian who has read this contract. As the
parent or guardian of this student, I have read this contract and understand that it is designed for educational
purposes. I understand that it is impossible for the Carroll County School System to restrict access to all
controversial materials, and I will not hold the School System responsible for materials acquired on the network. I
also agree to report any misuses of the information system to the system administrator. Misuse may come in many
forms, but may be viewed as any messages sent or received that indicate or suggest pornography, unethical or
illegal solicitation, racism, sexism, inappropriate language, and other issues described above. I accept full
responsibility for supervision if and when my child's use is not in a school setting. I hereby give my permission to
issue an account for my child and certify that the information contained on this form is correct.
We welcome the opportunity to provide your student with nutritious, appetizing meals at school. It has been proven
that a hungry child cannot learn, and we offer a variety of choices at each school level to appeal to children's needs
and appetites. Each school meal meets 1/3 of the daily nutritional requirements for children and they also comply
with USDA's guidelines for 9 different nutrients. The menus are available on the system website.
Meal Prices:
Breakfast: Full Price (all students) $1.25 Lunch: Elementary Full Price $1.95
Reduced Price $0.30 Middle School $2.10
Adult $1.65 High School $2.35
Extra Milk $0.50 Reduced Price $0.40
Adult $3.25
Some students may qualify for free or reduced priced meals based on family income and household size. Others
may be eligible for free meals because they receive food stamps or Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF). Foster
children and homeless children also qualify for free meals. A family application for free and reduced meals is
distributed to every student at the beginning of school. Parents are to list all their children and household members
on one family application and return it to the school promptly. Parents are responsible for paying for children's
meals until applications are approved. The only exception is for Carroll County students who received free or
reduced meals last year; they may continue receiving those benefits for the first ten days of school until the new
application is processed. However, a new application must be submitted every year. You may apply for free or
reduced meals at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but you have a change in your
household income, or an increase in your household size, become unemployed, or get Food Stamps or TANF for
your child, call your school for a new application. All students full
price, reduced price, and free must
enter or state
their student identification number to the cashier. Since many students prepay
for their meals and don't give money
to the cashier, free students are not identified by their peers. If your student is approved for free meals, you may wish
to deposit money in his account to allow for any extra food purchases. Students who are approved for free and
reduced meals are still responsible for purchasing milk if they choose to bring a lunch from home.
If students do not qualify for free meals, they are expected to pay for their meals at the time of service.
Parents may send checks or cash to prepay
for the meals. If you send money or a check, please place in an
envelope with your child's name, amount sent, and the child's student identification number. It is helpful to put the
child's name on the memo section of the check especially if it differs from the name on the check. For your
convenience, there is online
payment system for parents to use when prepaying
meals for their students. The new
link is You will need to have a debit or credit card to use the online
payment system.
Parents will need to set up a new account for their student(s). There is a transaction fee of $2.00 for the service. It
does not matter if you have one or more students/accounts, the transaction fee will only be charged one time each
time you log on to make a deposit into the account(s). The program also allows parents to view purchases for the
past 60 days and also allows you to set up alerts for account balances. You can log onto the Carroll County web
page and look under the school nutrition tab for more information. PLEASE INCLUDE EXTRA MONEY IF YOUR
Meal Charges
Elementary, middle and high school students are allowed to charge up to a balance of $5.00. After the limit is met,
students will be offered an alternative meal for a limited time until the balance is current. Calls from the School
Nutrition Office are made frequently during the week to notify parents of charges. However, it is extremely important
that parents stay abreast of their student's balances through the free email alert service offered through
Adults are not allowed to charge meals. Students who withdraw to another school system must request a refund
within 30 days of withdrawal from Carroll County Schools or the money becomes the property of the Carroll County
School Nutrition Program. If parents do not pay for their students' meals and do not send a lunch, they will be referred
to the school principal. At the principal's discretion, further referral may be made to a school social worker or other
appropriate internal or external agency. If parents are experiencing financial hardships, it is important that they notify
the principal so that a new free/reduced application can be completed or other help offered.
1. Put lunch or breakfast money for the day, week, or month in an envelope.
2. Write the child's name, student number, and teacher's name on the envelope and the words "Lunch Money."
3. If paying by check, make check payable to Carroll County School Nutrition and write child's name and student
number on the bottom of the check. Please write a separate check for breakfast/and lunch for each child. Breakfast
and lunch money cannot be combined with funds for Bowdon Elementary: BES funds go into a different account
unrelated to School Nutrition
Please decide how your child will get home everyday from school at the beginning of the year and try not to change it
unless it is an emergency. If there are excessive changes made in a child's way home, parents will be notified by
Carroll County Transportation Department to discuss the issue.
If you need to make arrangements for your child to go home differently than his/her normal way, please send a note
with your child in the morning. Please remind your child to bring it to the office as soon as they get to school. If
notification is not given in writing, the student must follow his/her normal routine. There will be no changes in
transportation after 2:00 p.m. After 2:00 p.m., an administrator must be seen for permission for
transportation changes or check outs. This is for emergencies only!
At 7:40 the tardy bell rings. Classes start promptly at 7:40. We provide supervision at the drop off point and in the
halls beginning at 7:00 a.m. Please do not drop your child off at school before 7:00. Car riders start when the
yellow "Traffic Guard" is placed outside the gym at 7:00. Several staff members are on duty in the cafeteria and in the
hall to supervise students at this time. Car riders should be delivered to the back entrance at the gym. Please
access Kent Avenue from Barr Road. Do not drop students off in the various parking lots for safety reasons.
No car riders should be on campus before 7:00 as no supervision is provided. Students should then go to breakfast
or to their own hall. Students should stay on walkways at all times when entering, leaving, or changing classes.
There is adult supervision at the student drop off area after 7:00. As a general rule, the adults on duty are not required
to open car doors. Please teach your child to get out by himself.
Bowdon Elementary begins each day by reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance" to the flag of the United States of America,
followed by a brief "Moment of Silent Reflection" , school mission statement and announcements.
1. Students who arrive early must go directly to breakfast or to their own hall. All bus students should enter the
building through the front. Breakfast starts at 7:00 for bus riders. *Car riders should be delivered only to the side
car rider area at the gym. (The latest opportunity for car riders to eat breakfast is 7:30.)
2. a. Students who wish to eat breakfast should store their books and bags on the first six tables of the dining room.
Tables will be marked according to bus numbers or car rider.
b. Get in line for breakfast.
c. Sit where instructed and do not get up until instructed to do so.
d. Eat quickly and quietly.
e. Clean up your area before you leave.
3. Students who do not wish to eat breakfast should proceed to their hall.
4. Students should stay on walkways at all times when entering, leaving, or changing classes.
At 7:40, if the yellow "Traffic Guard" is holding a red flag, your child is tardy and you need to walk your child into the
main office.
1. Students arriving at 7:40 are to be signed in by an adult at the main office. The tardy bell rings at 7:40.
2. Parents must accompany late students to the office to sign the student in.
3. Office personnel will give the student a tardy slip.
In the afternoon, buses load at 2:20 p.m. and depart at 2:30. Car rider dismissal is at 2:40 p.m.
Students participating in after school activities at the school should stay with their grade level teacher until 3:00pm. At
this time,ASP and other after school activities(Chorus, Academic Team, Play Practice, etc.) will go to their
designated locations. All students leaving campus on foot should leave by the front entrance. After students have left
campus they should not return until the next day.
Carroll County School System Bus Rules
All School policies apply on bus in addition to:
1. The bus driver is in charge of the bus and all passengers.
2. Disrespect to the driver will not be tolerated.
3. There should be no distraction of the driver.
4. Students should be at the bus stop five minutes before the time the bus usually arrives. Drivers are
not to wait or signal by horn for latecomers. Driver will not stop twice so students must not chase the bus.
5. Students shall not cross road or try to board bus until bus comes to a complete stop, and the bus
driver signals to cross. Students should look both ways before crossing the road and only cross in front of
bus. No pushing or shoving allowed.
6. Students must stand at least 10 ft. from edge of road until the bus arrives and completely stops.
7. When boarding the bus, take your seat promptly. Remain seated facing the front at all times. If
students must stand they must do so at a point behind the front seat.
8. The driver has the right to assign seats. Girls and boys will be separated.
9. A student in grades prek
to third grade must have someone to receive that student, unless an older
sibling is also on the bus. The first time a student is returned to school, the student will be issued a warning.
The second offense will be a fiveday
suspension from the bus. The third offense will be a tenday
suspension from the bus. The fourth offense will be a recommendation to the Superintendent to suspend
from the bus for the remainder of the semester and a school referral to DFCS for child neglect. Other grades
may be applied to this rule as deemed necessary.
10. When exiting the bus, the students must be off of right of way of road until bus has left. Do not go to the mail
box while the bus is still at the stop.
11. Students are not permitted to change buses or alter his/her regular scheduled stop without bus driver having
written permission from principal and/or a verbal notification from transportation department.
12. If a student does not ride 5 consecutive days (unless notification is made by parents) the driver shall
discontinue that stop until parent notifies transportation department to resume it.
13. Students should not extend any part of their body or any object out of the window of the bus.
14. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, profanity or abusive language will not be allowed on the bus.
15. Dangerous items are not allowed on the bus. These include but are not limited to knives, guns, ammunition,
explosives, incendiary materials, dangerous materials or any devices by which any material may be projected
or propelled or any lookalike
16. Glass containers and balloons will not be permitted on the bus. (This includes vases containing flowers.) No
food drinks, or gum will be allowed on the bus.
17. No animals, dead or alive, of any description may be brought on the bus.
18. Band instruments and/or other large objects, which cannot be held in the lap of the student, will not be allowed.
19. Students shall be prohibited from using any electronic devices on a school bus, including, but not limited to,
cell phones, pagers, radios, tape or compact disc players or any other electronic devices.
20. Students shall be prohibited from using mirrors, lasers, flash cameras, or any other lights or reflective devices
while on the bus.
21. Students shall not talk at railroad crossings and must respect the driver's request for silence at any time.
22. Students shall not tamper with the emergency door, windows, or hatches and keep the aisle and door clear.
23. Students causing damage to the bus are expected to pay for repairs.
24. Students are expected to help keep the inside of the bus clean.
25. Aerosol spray cans and fragrance spray bottles are not allowed on any school bus. They pose a health hazard
as well as a safety hazard.
Riding the bus is a privilege. Students who do not follow the rules may have their privilege to ride the bus
suspended or terminated.
Before a student is turned in for a Level I offense, the driver should have followed one or all of these steps:
• Verbal warning
• Driver counsels with student/students and/or may assign a seat
• Two written warnings
Minimum disciplinary action:
• 1st offense form
to parents and school discipline
• 2nd offense 5
day bus suspension and school discipline
• 3rd offense 10
day bus suspension and school discipline
• 4th offense 30
day bus suspension or for the remainder of the school year and school discipline the
may be carried over to the next school year
Minimum disciplinary action:
• 1st offense 5
day bus suspension
• 2nd offense 10
day bus suspension
• 3rd offense 30
day bus suspension
• 4th offense permanent
bus suspension
Minimum disciplinary action:
• 1st offense 30
day bus suspension pending the outcome of Discipline Tribunal
1. When the bell rings, go to the car rider area and sit in your assigned seat.
2. Listen for your name to be called. When your name is called walk out to the sidewalk.
3. Listen for the outside teacher to call out your car and the sidewalk number.
4. Walk to the number and stand behind it.
5. Wait until your car stops at your number.
6. Enter your vehicle on the passenger side.
7. You must have a note from home to change your afternoon routine in any way.
The safety of your child is always a primary concern here at Bowdon Elementary. We want to ensure that all
students are dismissed safely and in the timeliest manner possible. Car rider forms will be provided during
orientation times and the first days of school. Parents should complete this form and return it to the school as soon
as possible. A BES Car Rider sign will be made at the school for each car rider. The schoolmade
sign must be
displayed in the car window for a child to be called out for car riders. Vehicles with no signs or with
homemade signs will be directed to the office where identification can be verified before we release a
student. Parents may request more than one sign if needed. If the sign is lost, please contact the school and
another sign will be made.
If a child plans to go home or ride with another student, the notes must be brought to school or a call made to the
office to verify the child's name, grade, who he/she is to ride with, and the individual giving permission for the change.
These changes CANNOT be made during car pickup,
since verification of the change cannot be made from the car
rider line.
Parents should use Barr Avenue when coming to drop off or pick up students at the school. Students cannot
be dropped off before 7:00. Car dismissal will begin at 2:40. Left turns into the lower school drive are not allowed
between 7:00 and 8:00, and from 2:40 on. This allows traffic to move as smoothly and efficiently as possible during
heavy traffic times.
Students not picked up by 3:05 will be sent to the After School Program and parents will be charged the
regular ASP fee.
Parents who are coming to pick their children up early from After School (before 3pm) need to have a car
sign, and get into the car rider line. Your children will be called to the gym for pickup.
School Clubs
Jr.Beta ClubThe
purpose of Jr. Beta is to encourage effort and reward merit, and to promote those qualities of
character that make for good citizenship.
Principal's ClubThe
Principal's Club plays a very important role in our school. They help share students' ideas,
interests, and concerns with the teachers and principal.
Academic TeamThe
mission if the Academic Team is to promote continued learning by competing against other
is a national organization that helps 4th and 5th grade students develops knowledge and skills to become
productive citizens.
allows 4th and 5th grade students to further their understanding and appreciation of music.
Nutrition ClubThis
club teaches students about eating a balanced diet and healthy eating habits.
Robotics ClubThis
club teaches 35th
grade students how to build and control simple robots constructed using
Lego Kits and computers. This class is taught by high school students and supervised by a BES teacher.
Green Thumb Garden ClubThis
group of students work to beautify the school throughout the year.
Be Prepared: Responsibility connotates that students and other individuals must take responsibility for their own choices and actions. Students will behave
responsibly at all times.
Exhibit Responsibility: Students will display a positive and cooperative attitude at all times.
Show Respect: Respect includes but is not limited to respect for himself/herself, each other, school staff, parents, other adults, his/her school, his/her
community, his/her own property, the property of others, and the work ethic. Students will show respect at all times. Physical aggression, jiving, bullying
and horseplay will not be tolerated
Bowdon Elementary will adhere to the Carroll County Code of Conduct, Board Policy DCDA. All student offenses will be classified as Level 1, 2, or 3.
Level 1 offenses are to be handled by the classroom teacher. Refer to Code of Conduct, Board Policy JCDA for a list of offenses. Referral to a school
administrator is made after the teacher completes steps necessary per the grade level plan.
Level 2 offenses result in an automatic referral to a school administrator. These offenses include fighting, threatening, intimidation, vandalism, possession or
use of tobacco, sexual harassment, sexual impropriety, willful disobedience/insubordination, classroom disruption, leaving campus without permission,
failure to serve consequences, activation of fire alarm, stealing/theft (petty theft is a level one offense). Refer to Code of Conduct, Board Policy JCDA.
Level 3 offenses result in an automatic referral to a school administrator. These offenses include possession of weapons, drug possession, assault on a
school employee, riotous behavior, arson, destruction of property, bomb threat, terrorist threats, and sexual offenses. Refer to Code of Conduct, Board
Policy JCDA.
"Being Our Best at BES"
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Falsifying, misrepresenting, omitting, or erroneously reporting information regarding instances of alleged inappropriate behavior by a teacher, administrator or other school employee
towards a student shall be punished through progressive discipline as determined by the principal or designee to be appropriate.
Board Policy Descriptor Code:
Student Behavior Code
Date Adopted: 7/11/2002
Last Revised: 6/17/2010
The School is a community, and the rules and regulations of a school are the laws of that community. All of those enjoying the right of citizenship in the school community must
also accept the responsibilities of citizenship. A basic responsibility of every citizen is to respect the laws of the community. The following rules are the general rules for Carroll
County Schools. These rules apply to all students and will be fairly administered and consistently enforced. All of these rules are designed to protect the student's right to receive
an education, the teacher's right to teach, and the property of individuals and the school system. Note: The punishments for breaking rules may range from
warnings to suspension from school. In extreme cases, longterm
suspension and expulsion may be used. Also, note that the rules of this school system cover certain acts, which
are punishable under local, state, and federal laws. Students who violate the law will be punished by the school system and referred to the proper law enforcement agencies.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to inform their children on the consequences, including potential criminal penalties, of underage sexual conduct and crimes for which a minor
can be tried as an adult. Major offenses including, but not limited to, drug and weapon offenses can lead to schools being named as an Unsafe School according to the provisions
of State Board Rule 16048.
16, Unsafe School Choice Options. In case of misbehavior not covered in this policy, the administration may enact corrective measures, which are in
the best interest of the school and the students involved.
Clubs and Organizations
Students participating in school clubs or organizations must comply with general expectations for student behavior as required in this Student Code of Conduct. Each school will
publish annually a list of school clubs or organizations and the mission or purpose, name of the club's faculty advisor or sponsor, and a description of past or planned activities. A
parent or guardian may decline permission for their child to participate through signature of the form printed and distributed each year in the student handbook. Clubs or
organizations begun after the start of each school year will require written parent permission for their child's participation.
Statements of Administrative Procedures
Due Process: Due process will include appropriate hearings and reviews, and in all cases, the right of individuals will be ensured and protected. A hearing for a longterm
will be formally conducted following the procedures mandated by the Carroll County Board of Education. Disabled students will be disciplined by local policies and in accordance
with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504. Student's Rights and Responsibilities: A student has full rights
and citizenship as defined by the Constitution of the United States and assumes the responsibility to take actions relative to this Constitution, the laws of the State of Georgia, and
the policies, rules and regulations of the Carroll County Board of Education. All students are required to report any misconduct of any nature to a teacher or administrator. Criminal
or Illegal Acts: In case of criminal or illegal acts, the parents will be notified, and the legal authorities may be notified.
Behavior: Student conduct while attending any schoolsponsored
activity, on or off campus, shall be governed by the regular discipline code. A student may be
disciplined for any offcampus
behavior which could result in the student being criminally charged with a felony and which makes the student's continued presence at school a
potential danger to persons or property at the school or which disrupts the educational process.
Students with Chronic Disciplinary Problems: When a teacher or principal identifies a student as a chronic disciplinary problem student, the principal must notify the parents or
guardian and invite them to observe the student in a classroom situation. At least one parent shall be invited to a conference to devise a disciplinary and behavioral correction plan.
Parents must be invited to a conference to devise a behavioral plan before students, suspended or expelled, are returned to school. Failure of the parent to attend such a
conference does not
preclude the student from being readmitted.
Statement on NonDiscrimination:
It is the policy of the Carroll County Board of Education not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, disability, religion, or national origin in its
education programs, activities, or employment policies. In determining disciplinary action, the administrator or teacher will follow a progressive discipline process. The degree of
discipline to be imposed by each school official will be in proportion to the severity of the behavior of a particular student and will take into account the Student's discipline history,
the age of the student, and other relevant factors.
Interrogations: The principal of each school, or his/her authorized representative, possesses the authority to conduct reasonable interrogations of students in order to properly
investigate charges of student misconduct.
Student Support Team: A committee that consists of teachers, counselors, administrators and parents designed to deal with any educational or behavioral problem a student
exhibits shall be convened as appropriate.
These offenses will be dealt with at the discretion of the school administrators.
Inappropriate school behavior:
1. Cheating
2. Tardy
3. Classroom misconduct
4. Forgery
5. Gambling
6. Inappropriate Display of Affection
7. In unauthorized area
8. Lying/Misrepresenting
9. Misconduct outside of the classroom
10. Petty Theft
11. Possession of a nuisance item
12. Safety violation
13. Truancy
14. Unauthorized solicitation
15. Use of profanity or vulgar words, gestures, or materials
16. Violation of cafeteria rules
17. Violation of classroom rules
18. Violation of dress code
19. Violation of vehicle regulations
20. Violation of Compulsory attendance law
21. *Possession of an electronic communication device
*Cell phones, multimedia,
and other electronic devices taken from students due to possession and/or use in violation of school rules are subject to having their contents searched
by school officials. General consequences shall include, but not be limited to: detention, making restitution, parental conferences, loss of parking privileges, inschool
bus suspension, behavioral contracts, corporal punishment. Teachers will handle minor classroom and campus offenses and report offenses to administrators in accordance with
school procedures.
These offenses are cumulative over a school year:
30. Any act of bigotry
31. *Bullying
32. Burglary
33. Classroom disruption
34. Cutting class
35. Destruction of school property
36. Display of a gang sign or symbol in any form
37. Disrespect towards a school Board employee
38. Disrespect towards a school Board member
39. Disrespect towards a student or any person on school property
40. False fire alarm activation
41. Fighting
42. Hazing
43. Internet violation
44. Larceny or theft
45. Leaving campus without permission
46. Loitering
47. Robbery
48. Sexual Harassment
49. Student confrontation
50. Student disorderparticipation
51. Threat or intimidation
52. Tobacco product possession
53. Trespassing
54. Vandalism
55. Willful and persistent violations of the student code of conduct
First OffenseUp
to and including suspension, inschool
or out, up to ten (10) days.
Second OffenseUp
to and including suspension, inschool
or out, up to ten (10) days, possible longterm
suspension/expulsion through discipline tribunal hearing.
Third OffenseUp
to and including suspension, inschool
or out, up to ten (10) days, possible longterm
suspension/expulsion through discipline tribunal hearing. If the offense is of
the same nature, the student may be referred to a discipline tribunal.
Fourth OffenseUp
to and including outofschool
suspension, plus possible referral to discipline tribunal.
*A tribunal finding of three bullying offenses by a middle or high school student will result in assignment to the alternative school. Elementary students may be assigned to inhouse
suspension or an alternative setting.
Appropriate compensation shall be paid to replace losses to the school system or individuals resulting from commission of any offense. Offenses may result in loss of parking
permit privileges.
These offenses will be heard by a discipline tribunal after initial investigation is completed, and temporary consequences (suspension) are assigned by school administrators.
*60. Alcohol possession, use, or under influence of
61. Arson
62. Assault, battery, or physical violence on a school Board employee
63. Assault, battery, or physical violence of a student or any person on school property
64. Bomb threat
65. Computer trespass
66. Disorderly conduct
* 67. Drug or drug paraphernalia possession, use or under influence of
68. Explosives possession
69. Homicide
70. Inciting student disorder
71. Kidnapping
72. Motor vehicle theft
73. Sexual battery
74. Sex offense
**75. Weapon possession firearm
**76. Weapon possession knife
**77. Weapon possession other
78. OffCampus
Conduct which could result in a felony charge
79. Indecent exposure
80. Distribution of indecent material
81. Falsifying, misrepresenting, omitting, or erroneously reporting information regarding instances of
alleged inappropriate behavior by a teacher, administrator, or other school board employee toward a student.
** Weapons and Dangerous Instruments:
A student shall not possess, handle, or transmit weapons and dangerous instruments as provided for inO.C.G.A. § 1611127.1,
including firearms, fireworks, explosives, knives, or
any object which could reasonably be considered a weapon or used in such a manner as to inflict bodily injury or to place another person in fear of his/her safety.
* Narcotics, Alcoholic Beverages, and Stimulant Drugs:
A student shall not possess, sell, use, transmit, or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage,
intoxicant, inhalant, prescription drug not currently prescribed, or lookalike,
or any substance that creates or is intended to create the same effect as one of the above while at
school or while attending a school function on the campus or away from the campus. Any lookalike
drug use, transport, possession, or selling will be considered as a Level Three
Appropriate compensation shall be paid to replace losses to the school system or individual resulting from commission of any offense.
Level Three Offenses are so serious in nature that offenses will be cumulative grades 612
or 12 years old or older. All Level Three offenses shall be grounds for longterm
Dress Code:
The purpose of a dress code is not to inhibit any person's taste in attire, but rather to better facilitate the process of education through reasonable guidelines of "dress." Instilling
dignity, pride, modesty, and cleanliness are our goals. For these reasons, some types of clothing are prohibited.
Prohibited Clothing Items:
1. Seethrough
or mesh clothing
2. Garments that expose the midriff and/or cleavage
3. Halter tops, tank tops, and sleeveless shirts
4. Tennis, gym, biking, short shorts, leggings, lounging pants, pajamas
5. Garments that expose underclothing or impede walking
6. Garments that are poorly fitted, oversized, excessively tight, or extremely baggy.
7. Holes and/or frays in fabric
8. Hats, visors, hoods, or other head garments including nonprescription
sunglasses inside the school building
9. Cleats, and/or heelies inside any school building; bedroom slippers, and/or novelty footwear deemed inappropriate by the principal.
10. Garments which display emblems relating to abusive substances, tobacco products, alcohol, sex, violence, and obscenities
11. Garments that might be considered socially unacceptable or inflammatory
12. Any emblem, sign, or representation of a gang symbol, or any garment indicating a gang affiliation
Acceptable Clothing Standards
The following acceptable clothing standards shall apply:
1. Pants, trousers, jeans, capris, etc., are permitted. Plain jeans may be worn in any color.
2. All pants, trousers, jeans, capris, etc., must be worn at the waist. Belts shall be worn securely at the waist.
3. Shorts, skirts, and dresses shall measure no shorter than three (3) inches from midkneecap.
4. Shirts shall have a sleeve and shall fit properly. Shirts that do not fit properly shall be worn tucked in.
The principal has the authority to determine appropriate dress.
Discipline Code Definitions:
The following are definitions of some terms used in the discipline code:
specifically described above which substantially disrupts the orderly learning environment or possesses a threat to the health, safety and/or welfare of students, staff, or others.
This may include adjudication of guilt for a felony committed outside the school.
of physical violence, either verbal or nonverbal.
unlawful hitting or use of force on a person.
and nonverbal derogatory acts toward individuals on a racial, ethnic, gender, or religious basis.
act which has the effect of threatening an explosion to do malicious, destructive, or bodily harm to school system property, at a school
function, or extracurricular activity, or the persons in or on that property or attending the function. Preparing, possessing, or igniting explosives including unauthorized fireworks on
school system property at a school function or extracurricular activity.
act which occurs on school property, on school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school related functions or activities, or by use of data or software
that is accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology of a local school system, that is:
1. Any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so; 2. Any intentional display of force such as would give
the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm; or 3. Any intentional written, verbal, or physical act act, which a reasonable person would perceive as being intended to
threaten, harass, or intimidate, that:
a. Causes another person substantial physical harm within the meaning of Code Section 16523.1
or visible bodily harm as such term is defined in Code Section 16523.1;
b. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education;
c. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
d. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school
into a building with the intent to steal.
unlawful and willful entry or attempted forcible entry of any school system property or the personal property of students and school system
acts of throwing objects, leaving trays, not following cafeteria rules, etc., in the cafeteria.
or deliberate unauthorized use of the work of another person for academic purposes, or inappropriate use of notes or other material in the completion of an
academic assignment or test.
to report to class without authorization.
or behavior that interferes with or disrupts the teaching/learning process.
student who exhibits a pattern of behavior characteristics which interferes with the learning process of students around him or
her and which are likely to recur.
attempt or unauthorized access of computer data or files.
punishment by the principal or designee. It must be administered in accordance with regulations set forth by the Board of Education.
requirement that the student report to a specified school location and to a designated teacher or school official to make up work missed or to receive specific
instruction in behavior modification.
Detention may require the student's attendance before school, after school, on Saturdays, or during scheduled class or school activity time if school officials deem removal of the
student from his/her regular school schedule essential to the well being of the student or school.
There shall be no interruption of services a student may be receiving from a counselor, psychologist, or social worker while serving detention. If a student is assigned detention by
the office, they will be expected to begin serving that detention on the day after the assignment of detention. They principal or his designee is in charge of detention and will
announce the location of detention hall. If a student misses a day of detention, an additional day will be added. The only acceptable excuses for missing office detention are the
1. Previously made doctor or dental appointmentstudent
must bring a statement from the doctor or dentist.
2. Receiving extra help from a teacher or taking a makeup
must bring note from that teacher.
3. Teacher detention detention
for a teacher has priority over office student
must bring a note from that teacher.
1. No student admitted late.
2. Once detention begins, students are not to talk, must remain seated, and must have assignment from teachers.
3. Misbehavior in detention can result in additional time being added to suspension/ISS.
hearing made up of administrators from the system.
or behavior interferes with or disrupts the orderly process of the school environment, a school function, or extracurricular activity.
of behavior that demeans, degrades, antagonizes humiliates, or embarrasses a person or group of persons.
of photographs, videos, texts, or other visual methods containing images of a sexual nature or exposing one's sexual
organs or transmitting sexually suggestive material to others within the school environment.
established dress code of the Carroll County Board of Education.
removal of a student from school beyond the current semester.
willful or malicious threats of harm, injury, or violence to the person, property, or reputation of another with the intent to obtain money, information,
services, or items of material worth.
willful and/or malicious activation of a fire alarm system or the willful andor
malicious reporting of a false fire.
physical conflict.
possession and/or igniting of fireworks or firecrackers on school property, at a school function or extracurricular activity.
making of false or misleading written communication to a school staff member or under circumstances that would be reasonably calculated to deceive the staff
participation in games (or activities) of chance for money and/or things of value.
practice of kissing, embracing, and other similar types of activities.
exposure of one's sexual organs in a way considered offensive to established standards of decency.
INCITING, LEADING, OR PARTICIPATION IN A MAJOR STUDENT DISORDER - The willful act of inciting, leading, or participating in any disruption or disturbance which interferes
with the education process or which can result in damage or destruction to public or private property, or cause personal injury or undue fear to participants and others.
of a student from class or classes assigned to an onsite
designated supervisor. A student in InSchool
Suspension (ISS) is also suspended
from school sponsored activities. The student will have assignments to complete from which he/she will receive credit and student will be counted present.
or failure to comply with a direction or an order from a school system staff member; failure to comply with State Law, School Board Policy, local
school rules, behavior contracts, or classroom rules.
use of Internet: accessing unauthorized sites.
verbal or physical threat to do harm or violence to another student(s) or to the property of another person.
taking away of property of another that belongs to someone else.
leaving campus without approval of school officials.
remain in an area for no authorized reason.
suspension of a student outofschool
for more than ten (10) days but not beyond the current school semester. This action must be made by a
discipline tribunal of the Board of Education.
dangerous or improper use of motor vehicles, including speeding, parking violations, no decal, etc.
1) intentionally making physical contact of and an insulting or provoking nature with the person of another; or (2) intentionally making physical contact
which causes physical harm to another unless such physical contacts or physical harms were in defense of himself or herself as provided for in Code Section 16321.
includes skates, skateboards, toys, playing cards, laser lights, water pistols, etc., which are not to be brought to school.
the person, in a vehicle, in a book bag, or any way under their control or knowledge of.
use of either oral or written language, gestures, objects, or pictures which are socially unacceptable and
which tend to disrupt the orderly school environment, a school function, or extracurricular activity.
misconduct, which tends to disrupt an orderly school environment or an extracurricular activity.
act or attempted act of taking money, property, or possessions from another.
area within 1000 feet of school property.
or behavior, which interferes with the orderly, safe, and expeditious transportation of students or other authorized riders. Students may lose their privilege to ride the bus.
intercourse, sexual contact, or other unlawful behavior or contact intended to result in sexual gratification without force.
SEXUAL BATTERY intentionally
making physical contact with the intimate parts of the body of another person without the consent of that person as defined in O.C.G.A. §
as amended.
unsolicited, or repeated physical actions, gestures, or verbal or written comments of a sexual nature which could lead to a hostile or offensive
learning environment.
suspension means the suspension of a student out ofschool
for not more than ten (10) days.
possession, use, distribution and/or sale of tobacco products on school system property, and/or a school event.
All students, while engaged in an official school sponsored event, are prohibited from the use of tobacco products.
behavior, which may lead to physical contact.
the term suspension is used in the discipline code it may be interpreted to mean inschool
suspension or shortterm
arrival to school or class.
presence on a school campus by suspended students, or any other person who does not have permission to be on school grounds.
than five unexcused absences in a school year by a student under the age of compulsory attendance.
Any area of the building where classes are in session during lunch period; the gym unless the student has a class at the time; the parking lot once the student has arrived at school;
in the cafeteria except at designated times; any other designated area.
and/or petitions by students, or possession and/or distribution of unauthorized publications, which interfere
with the orderly process of the school environment, a school function, or extracurricular activity.
willful or malicious destruction of school property or the property of others.
possession, use, or control of any instrument which could be used to cause harm, injury, or death to another person may
include, but not limited to, guns,
knives, razors, clubs, explosives, and other chemical weapons.
1. Students under suspension or expulsion are not allowed on any Carroll County School campus or at any Carroll County School function.
2. Students are to notify an administrator or staff member when illegal items are found in the school building or on the school campus. Students are advised not to pick up items or
to handle the illegal items.
3. School administrators and/or their designated representatives possess the authority to conduct a reasonable search of students, their possessions, their lockers, or their
automobiles when on school property. The administrator is required to have only reasonable suspicion to conduct such searches.
4. Students should be aware that any adult employee of the Carroll County Board of Education has the authority to ask for a student's identity or to see other appropriate
information. Board of Education employees have the authority to give a student reasonable instructions and to expect that those instructions be carried out. Refusal to
identify oneself or to carry out reasonable instructions will result in serious disciplinary action.
5. The discipline code applies to students:
a. Who are on the school grounds during, immediately before, or immediately after school.
b. Who are on the school grounds at any other time that the school is being used by school groups.
c. Who are off the school grounds at a school activity, school function, or event.
d. Who are en route by bus to and from any school function, at school bus stops, or are otherwise subject to jurisdiction of school authorities.
6. The school system reserves the right to punish behavior which is subversive to good order and discipline in the school, even though such behavior is not specified in the
school's discipline code.
7. School administrators possess the authority to enact a behavioral contract, initiate SST, peer mediation, counseling, or other behavioral plans with students at any time deemed
necessary for enhancing desired behavior.
A School Counselor, Ms. Patricia Harman, is employed at Bowdon Elementary. A variety of services is offered to
students, parents, and faculty. These services include:
• individual student and/or parent counseling.
• crisis intervention.
• assistance in parent conferences.
• classroom guidance activities.
• interpretation of test results.
• maintenance of confidential files.
• orientation activities for students and parents.
• support services for students, teachers, parents, and the administration.
The counselor should be viewed as a liaison between the school and the home. Interpretation and clarification of
school activities and/or requirements can be provided by the counselor. Student, teacher, or parent referrals are
welcome. The counselor may be reached by calling either of the school office numbers or the counselor's office at
Please contact the school office as soon as you know you will be withdrawing your child. We do not interrupt
instruction to complete withdrawal forms. Teachers will complete them during planning or after school.
All students participate in an appropriately planned program of physical education on a rotating basis. A note from a
parent or doctor is required if your child is not to take part in P.E. for the day. Please encourage your child to wear
appropriate clothing and shoes for play and exercise. Students should wear shorts under dresses or skirts.
BES employs certified teachers for art, music and a parapro for the computer lab. All students will participate on a
rotating schedule.
Program of Services for Gifted Services
The Carroll County School system offers Gifted education services for students in grades K12.
The services are
provided by direct instruction, resource, facilitator, or other service models. Students involved in the gifted program
must qualify by meeting the criteria outlined in the Gifted Administration Plan. Students may be referred for
consideration for eligibility by a teacher, administrator, parent, counselor, or students may refer themselves. Call the
school and talk with the Quest teacher if you want additional information on the referral process.
The media center offers a variety of activities such as checking out books, browsing, research, reading magazines
and newspapers, and instruction in library skills. The media center is open at all times during the school day.
Students checking out books are responsible for the books, including replacement fee for lost, stolen, destroyed, or
damaged books. Students with overdue books will not be allowed to check out additional books.
The Student Support Team (SST) at Bowdon Elementary consists of two or more professionals and the parent(s) of
the student assigned to identify, plan and recommend alternative instructional strategies for a student. The SST
meets one or more times to review and consider all available information about individual students having behavioral
or academic and/or attendance concerns in school. Activities of the SST are documented in writing. Although
parents are not required to participate in the SST process, in Carroll County Schools they are invited to attend the
meetings and are considered to be a vital member of the committee. SST files are maintained by the Student
Support Team coordinator, the Assistant Principal, at Bowdon Elementary.
Carroll County Schools
Pyramid of Intervention
The Pyramid of Intervention is a graphic organizer that illustrates layers of instructional efforts that can be provided to students
according to their individual needs. The Pyramid of Intervention represents the process of continually implementing "progress
monitoring" and then providing layers of more and more intensive interventions so that students can be successful and progress in
their learning. This proactive approach does not wait until students have large gaps in their learning that are almost too great to
overcome. Neither does it allow highachieving
students to languish in a curriculum that is not challenging to them. This approach
focuses on determining when students are struggling and providing strategic interventions to help them shore up their areas of
need; it also documents students' strengths and provides additional challenge in a variety of ways.
The Pyramid of Intervention begins with:
Tier 1: Standards Based Classroom Learning. This tier describes effective instruction that should be happening in all
classrooms for all students. The Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) are the foundation for the learning that occurs in each
classroom. Teachers utilize progress monitoring results to guide and adjust instruction. Tier 1 is not limited to instruction in the
academic content areas, but also includes all developmental domains such as behavioral and social development. This tier
represents effective, strategic, and expert instruction that is ideally available in all classrooms.
Tier 2: Needs Based Instruction/Learning: Standard Intervention Protocols: Tier Two becomes the answer to the question
"what are we prepared to do when they do not learn?" This tier describes preplanned
interventions developed and supported at the
school level that should be in place for students who are not being sufficiently successful or adequately challenged with Tier I
interventions alone. All students who need a Tier 2 intervention (in addition to their Tier I instruction) should be identified through the
progress monitoring evaluation data. Tier 2 interventions are proactive and maintain high expectations for all students.
Tier 3: Student Support Team Driven Instructional/Learning provides an additional layer of analysis and interventions. The
Student Support Team (SST) meets to discuss students who are still not provided the instructional experiences to meet their
needs. During this process, the diagnostic team analyzes the specific needs of the individual student. Tier 3 becomes much more
individualized as the student's teachers, other personnel, and parents systematically determine the issues that need to be
addressed for the student.
Tier 4: Specially Designed Instruction/Learning is developed specifically for students who meet the respective eligibility criteria
for special program placement. Tier 4 would include formal gifted education services for students who qualify, but it may also
include interventions suggested by the gifted eligibility team for regular classroom curriculum modification for any student with
advanced learning needs. It may include special education and related services for eligible students, provided in the general
education classroom, or in some cases, in a resource room.
Carroll County Schools
Elementary After School Program Protocol
The Carroll County School System's Elementary Schools offer an After School Program (ASP) beginning the first day of school and
operating on all scheduled school days throughout the year.
∙ PreK
through fifth grade students may enroll in the After School Program.
∙ Registration forms must be completed before students are allowed stay in the ASP.
∙ Parents may enroll students in the After School Program at a cost of $30.00 per week per child or $6.00 per day.
∙ Parents who habitually pick their children up late may be charged a late fee of $1.00 per minute.
∙ Charges for the After School Program are due on the Friday of each week the student is in attendance.
∙ If an account becomes more than one week in arrears, a parent will no longer be allowed to use this service until
the account is once again in good standing.
∙ All ASP fees must be paid through the ASP program.
∙ Parents who habitually pay late will have their children dismissed from the program.
∙ The school retains the right to suspend or exclude any student from the after school program.
∙ Carroll County Schools Discipline Code of Conduct will be enforced during ASP hours.
Contact Ms. Michelle Holder if you have any questions concerning the After School Program.
Principals are responsible for monitoring Finances, Bookkeeping, and Discipline of ASP.
BES serves students who are at risk for academic difficulties through the Early Intervention Program (EIP) as
required in GA HB 1187. Student eligibility is determined through test scores or through meeting certain criteria on a
BES promotes good citizenship, perfect attendance, and many other academic achievements. We our students
exhibit these skills and qualities, we like to recognize them with many certificates, medals, trophies and awards. We
display photos on bulletin boards at school, and on our website and Facebook page and share them with our local
newspaper, The Times Georgian.
Student/Teacher/Parent Compact
Each student will be given a Student/Teacher/Parent Compact by the homeroom teacher. Please read it with your
child and sign where indicated; then return this form to your child's homeroom teacher. A signed compact is required
to be on file at the school for each child at BES.
Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
At Bowdon Elementary School education is a partnership among parents, students, and teachers. In order to provide
success for all students, it is necessary to be in constant communication with all stakeholders. Teachers are
available and willing to meet students and parents in order to provide for clarity and support for the school/home
connection. Appointments must be made in advance to conference with a teacher. Teachers are not available
on a "dropin"
Instructional Calendars/Assessments
The teachers at Bowdon Elementary School work diligently to focus and to plan the curriculum set forth for each
grade level. An instructional calendar will be available at the beginning of each month. Periodically throughout the
year, a benchmark assessment will be given to evaluate whether or not the students obtained the standards taught.
As the year progresses, the tests will be cumulative assessing previous nine week objectives to determine the
retention of information. These examinations will provide pertinent information for instruction and remediation for
teachers, parents, and students.
Homework is assigned to reinforce skills and to build responsibility. As grade levels and content progress, the
expectations of this area increases in order to strengthen skills previously learned in the classroom. Across grade
levels, students are required to read 2035
minutes each night. Spelling words or sight words should be reviewed
each night as well as any support activities. Students will be given assignments to practice math concepts learned in
the classroom on a nightly basis.
Agenda Usage
Agendas will be used to communicate between home and school. Included in the agenda are many helpful
resources, such as, a school calendar, school & bus procedures and general information about our school. Please
take time to review this information. Agendas are utilized on a daily basis in all grade levels. Teachers sign agendas
each day during their specific area class period. Teachers also document the student's behavior and communicate
with parents by writing any notes/concerns. Students should write assignments, tests, projects, etc., in the agenda
daily. Parents should view and sign the agenda each night. This is a nonnegotiable
item at BES. Each grade level
will determine the consequence for failure to sign the agenda. If your child should lose his or her agenda, it will cost
$7 to replace it. We only have a limited number, so an alternative may need to be supplied if necessary.
Website Information
In order to provide for all modes of communication, students and parents may access information and upcoming
events from our website at . Also, if you have any other questions about the
Carroll County School system, you can go to their website . A parent link is
available for information about our curriculum and board policies. BES also has a Facebook and a Twitter account.
FERPA affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education
records. These rights are:
(1) The right to inspect and review, within 45 days of a request, the education records of a student who is your child, or in the case of a
student who is eighteen (18) or older, or your own education records. Parents or eligible students should submit to the Superintendent a
written request identifying the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Superintendent will make arrangements for access and provide notice of
such arrangements.
(2) The right to request the amendment of the student's education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise
in violation of the student's privacy or other rights. To request the school district to amend a record, parents or eligible students should write
the school principal, specify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation
of the student's privacy or other rights. If the district decides not to amend the record, it will notify the parents or eligible students of the
decision and inform them of their right to a hearing. Additional information regarding the
hearing procedure will be provided with the notification of the right to a hearing.
(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the
extent that FERPA and its implementing regulations authorize disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without
consent is to school officials with legitimate educational interest. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator,
supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including school nurses and school resource officers); a member of the school board; a
person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a specific task (such as attorney, auditor, medical consultant or
therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee (such as a disciplinary or grievance committee) or assisting another
school official in performing his/her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an
educational record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. Upon request, the school district forwards educational records
without prior consent to another school in which the student seeks or intends to enroll.
(4) FERPA requires the School District, with certain exceptions, to obtain written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable
information from the student's education records. However, the District may disclose appropriate designated "directory information" without
written consent, unless the parent or eligible student has advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The
primary purpose of directory information is to allow the school to include this type of information from the student's education records in
certain school publications, such as the annual yearbook, graduation or sports activity programs, and honor roll or other recognition lists.
The School District has designated the following information as directory information:
(a) Student's name, address and telephone number;
(b) Student's date and place of birth;
(c) Student's participation in official school activities and sports;
(d) Weight and height of members of an athletic team;
(e) Dates of attendance at schools within the district;
(f) Honors and awards received during the time enrolled in district schools;
(g) Photograph; and
(h) Grade level.
Unless you, as a parent/guardian or eligible student, request otherwise, this information may be disclosed to the public upon request. In
addition, two federal laws require school systems receiving federal financial assistance to provide military recruiters, upon request, with
students' names, addresses, and telephone numbers unless parents have advised the school system that they do not want their student's
information disclosed without their prior written consent. You have the right to refuse to allow all or any part of the above information to be
designated as directory information and to refuse to allow it to be disclosed to the public upon request without your prior written consent. If
you wish to exercise this right, you must notify the principal of the school at which the student is enrolled in writing within 10 days after
officially enrolling in school or within 10 days of the date of the release of this notice.
(5) You are also notified that from time to time students may be photographed, video taped, or interviewed by the news media at school or
some school activity or event; unless you, as a parent/guardian object in writing to your student being photographed, video taped or
interviewed to the principal of the school where your student is enrolled. You must notify the principal of your objection by the date specified
above. The principal will take reasonable steps to control the media's access to students. However, your submission of a written objection
does not constitute a guarantee that your student will not be interviewed in circumstances which are not within the knowledge or control of
the principal.
(6) You have the right to file with the United States Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by the School District
to comply with the requirements of FERPA or the regulations promulgated there under. The name and address of the Office that
administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. .
PPRA affords parents and eligible students (18 or older or emancipated minors) certain rights regarding the conduct of surveys, collection
and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to:
• Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas ("protected
information survey") if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)-
1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student's parent;
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student's family;
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, antisocial, selfincriminating,
or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
• Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of -
1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
2. Any nonemergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent,
and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any
physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law; and
3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise
distribute the information to others.
• Inspect, upon request and before administration or use -
1. Protected information surveys of students;
2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum. Parents and eligible students must be notified at the beginning of the
school year if the school district has identified the specific or approximate dates during the school year when any of the
activities listed above are expected to be scheduled. For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be
provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities
and surveys. The Board of Education has developed and adopted policies, in conjunction with parents, regarding these rights as well as
arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected information surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of
personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. The District will directly notify parents of these policies at least
annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes. The District will also directly notify parents of students who are
scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child
out of participation of the specific activity or survey. Occasionally, the Carroll County School System administers surveys (i.e. Needs
Assessments, Youth Risk Behavior Survey, PRIDE, locally developed surveys, etc.) to determine attitudes, perceptions, and practices
regarding substance abuse and violence. The purpose of these surveys is to assist in maintaining a safe school environment and to help
students learn and apply the concepts of making healthy decisions. The information is mandated by No Child Left Behind and is necessary
when applying for grant monies. The surveys are anonymous and no personal identification is required. Copies of these surveys are on file
at schools and may be viewed upon request.
Additional information about the survey and consent forms will be provided to parents prior to the administration of the survey.
Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 202028520.
Expectations for Bowdon Elementary School
1. AttendanceRegular
attendance is vital to learning. Students are expected to be at school every day, except in the case
of personal illness, death in the family, or religious holiday. A written note from the parent or guardian must be sent to
excuse the absence.
2. TardinessTeachers
begin class promptly at 740 a.m. When students are late, important work and instruction are
missed. Therefore, students should be at school and in their classroom no later than 7:40 a.m.
3. HomeworkHomework
is assigned to reinforce skills and to build responsibility. Homework must be completed and
returned to school on time. Reading is often a part of the assigned work, and parents should take an active role in seeing
that their child reads in addition to completing other written tasks. 20 to 35 minutes of reading time is suggested each
night. Homework folders go home on Tuesdays.
4. AgendaAgendas
will be used to communicate between home and school. Homework assignments, upcoming events,
and notes between parents and teachers will be sent home in the agenda. The parent is responsible for checking the
agenda each night and signing it. The student must return the agenda to school daily. Agenda usage is nonnegotiable
5. RespectAll
students must conduct themselves in class, so as not to interfere with any classmate's right to learn.
Misbehavior that prohibits another student's right to learn may cause the offender to be removed from the classroom.
Administrators will decide on the appropriate consequences.
School: ____________________
I am enrolling my student/students in the tuition paid After School Program. I understand that it is my responsibility to
inform the school of any changes necessary to information on this form.
PLEASE PRINT Initials____/Date_______
Student ID# Student Name Male/ DOB Grade Teacher
1.______________ _______________ ____ ________ ____ _______
2.______________ _______________ ____ ________ ____ _______
3.______________ _______________ ____ ________ ____ _______
4.______________ _______________ ____ ________ ____ _______
Student's/Students' Address:___________________________________Primary Phone#:_______________
Only the following people are allowed to pick up my child/children***ID must be provided at time of pick up.***
1.Name/Relationship Work# Cell# Home#
2.Name/Relationship Work# Cell# Home#
3.Name/Relationship Work# Cell# Home#
4.Name/Relationship Work# Cell# Home#
5.Name/Relationship Work# Cell# Home#
6.Name/Relationship Work# Cell# Home#
Please list at least 2 other people who may be contacted if a parent or guardian is not available. Please include Day
Care if Day Care may pick up.
If there are custody issues please make note of that below. Please leave a copy of custody papers with ASP staff.
Only the names listed on this form will be allowed to pick up your child.
Custody issues on file? yes:____ no:____
In case of a medical emergency, please transport my child to the:
Nearest medical facility:_____ (yes/no) Or to the following medical facility: __________________________
Registration for the Afterschool Program is complete only when all of the following is complete:
1:The ASP Rules Form is completed, signed and returned.
2:The ASP Registration Form is completed, signed and returned.
I understand that it is my responsibility to keep the above information current and accurate.
Parent/Guardian Signature______________________________ Date ____________________________
Dear Parent/Guardian: Welcome to our After School Program! The ASP provides a safe, fun, and nuturing enviroment for the car of
elementary students until 6:00 pm on each school day. ASP is a self supporting program. Participation should be considered a
privilege. By completion of this form, I understand that I an registering my student in ASP.
1.Every student attending ASP must have a current ASP Registration Form on file at BES. I understand that it is my responsibility
to inform the school of any changes of the information, particularly phone numbers and emergency contacts, on the ASP
Registration Form. Initials___Date___
2.I am enrolling my student in ASP. f my student's account becomes past due more than 7 days, my student may not attend the
program, and I must make other arrangements. Initials____Date____
3.The following fee schedule will be followed per family:
Student #1 and Student #2 $6.00 per child
Student #3 and above $3.00 per child
4. The full fee will be charged regardless of how long the student stays each day.
5.The hours of the program are from the time school ends until 6:00pm on the days school is in session. Attendance will be taken
15 minutes ater school is dismissed (at 3:00) and the student's account will be charged.
6.A late fee of $1.00 PER MINUTE per student will be charged for each minute after 6:00pm according to the school clock. If a
parent is more than 60 minutes late, Emergency procedures will be followed which may include calling the police department or
7.The same behavior expectations apply in ASP as during the regular school day. All Carroll County School District policies in the
student handbook apply to ASP. Inappropriate behavior may result in your student suspension or withdrawal from ASP.
8.If an emergency occurs that threatens the welfare of a student, a school official will contact the Carroll County Police Department
to ensure the safety and security of all students in ASP. Late pickup
from ASP may be considered such an emergency.
9.If school closes for inclement weather or any other reason, ASP will also close.
10.For the protection of your student, only the people designated on the registration form will be allowed to pick up your student.
IDENTIFICATION WILL BE REQUIRED. Each student must sign out at the ASP desk every day.
11.Students may be suspended or withdrawn from ASP for the following reasons:
Three late pickups
Nonpayment or Late payment of Tuition & Fees
Discipline Problems (Three offenses, You Are Dismissed from ASP)
Principal's Discretion
I am registering my student in the After School Program. I have read, understand and will comply with all rules
outlined above.
Parent/Guardian Signature______________________________Date________________________


Parent Assurance
I have read and agree to comply with the following information in this agenda including:
• Instructional Calendar 20142015
• Testing Calendar20142015
• School Nutrition Program
• Carroll County Board of Education Information
• Federal Title II Equity Guidelines
• Parent "Right to Know"
• Nondiscrimination Notice
• Georgia's New Graduation Requirements
• Board Policy: JBAbsences
and Excuses
• Internet Acceptable Use Policy
• Administrative Regulation: JGCDR
- Medicines
• Bus Rules
• Board Policy: JCDA - Student Behavior Code/Student Dress Code
• Parent Rights Under FERPA and PPRA
• Pyramid of Intervention
__________________________________ _________________________________
Print Child's Name Student Signature
__________________________________ _________________________________
Parent/Guardian Signature Date
Parent/Guardian and Student please sign, date, and return this page to your child's school.
BES takes pictures for various purposes such as yearbook, live announcements, posters
for student celebrations, BES Facebook, BES website, etc. If you do not wish for your
child to be photographed for these types of educational purposes, contact Lorie Teal at