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1605 Chuckey Highway
Chuckey, TN 37641
LeAnn Myers, Principal

Student and Parent Handbook 2016-2017

The faculty and staff welcome you to Chuckey Elementary School. This handbook has been compiled to give parents and students basic information about the operation of the school. Chuckey Elementary School operates under the policies and procedures of the Greene County Board of Education. A complete listing of the policies and procedures can be found at the school or on the system's website at We hope that you and your child have a wonderful school year!  ~LeAnn Myers, Principal


Chuckey Elementary School (423) 257-2108
Fax (423) 257-3938
Cafeteria (423) 257-5567
G.C.S. Central Office (423) 639-4194

Building Opens 7:15 a.m.
Breakfast/Cafeteria 7:15 - 7:40 a.m.
School Begins 7:45 a.m.
Dismissal (Pick-ups) 2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Fridays 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Buses Load 2:40 p.m.
Fridays 2:30 p.m.
Afternoon E.S.P. 2:45 - 6:00 p.m.


Read for 20 is a plan for parents to help their children improve their reading skills by finding 20 minutes daily to read to or with them.

WHY DO IT? - Children who read succeed! Reading together builds strong families and relationships.

THE BENEFITS -  Only 20 minutes a day of reading with family members increases a child's ability to earn money as an adult by $50,000!   There is a strong correlation between a child's ability to read and his/her academic performance. Children need strong reading skills to succeed in school.


All school visitors must come directly to the school office. Visitors must state their purpose for the visit to the secretary upon entering the office. All visitors must sign in at the office and wear a name badge while in the building. Parents may schedule appointments in advance by calling the school and requesting to speak with their child's teacher on their planning time. Lunch visitors should also request the visit in advance with the office. Please schedule visits in order for us to maintain an environment that maximizes student learning and provides for the safety of our students. (BOE Policy 1.501)


Chuckey Elementary School would like to keep parents, guardians, students, and community members informed about the events at the school. The following will be used to keep communication open between those parties.

  • Monthly Calendars and Quarterly Newsletters
  • School Website (
  • School Messenger Phone Calls
  • School Connect Text Messages
  • Social Media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Remind App
  • Class DoJo App
  • Emails, phone calls, and parent conferences
  • Chuckey PTO and Booster Club Meetings
  • Grade Cards and Interim Reports


The Greene County School System will continue to utilize the School Messenger System. The purpose of the system is to promote communication between our school and home. We will be using the system to inform you of upcoming events, weather-related emergencies, and crisis situations should they arise. Communication will also be sent via email if included on the School Messenger form. Should your telephone number or email contact change, please update it through Skyward Family Access or contact the school office.


You can now keep up with what's happening at our school anywhere, anytime right from your smart phone with School Connect. School Connect is a free mobile app that enables you to stay connected to your child's school and have information sent directly to you. Updates include events, closings, delays, and celebration announcements. School Connect can be downloaded free from your app store today. Once you download, simply chose to receive announcements from Chuckey for current school announcements!


During inclement weather, be sure to check your local radio stations, local television stations, and the Internet for school closings and early dismissals. Be prepared with an early dismissal plan and discuss that plan with your child. Share that plan with your child's teacher on the student registration card.


Regular school attendance is a key to good school grades, overall achievement, and a rewarding
educational experience. It is also required by Tennessee State Law. Students are expected to be in
school except in cases of emergency or for reasons as explained below:

  • Personal illness - The parent/guardian may write notes to excuse a maximum of two (2) days absent per nine (9) weeks grading period. If the absence from school is three (3) consecutive days or more, a statement from a physician will be required in order for the absence to be excused. All notes must be submitted to the office the first day the student returns to school or the absence will remain unexcused.
  • Observance of a religious holiday - Any student of any religion shall be excused if his/her absence was for the purpose of observing a religious holiday consistent with his/her creed or belief.
  • Any other reason must be excused by the principal prior to the absence. Please request a prearranged absence form from the office prior to the absence. Prearranged absences will not be approved if the student has been truant in the past year or during testing periods. Prearranged requests cannot exceed three days per year.                                                 

Students who miss a whole day of school are not to participate in after school activities such as ball games. Students who are absent five (5) days without adequate excuse will be reported to the Director of Schools. This will result in truancy warnings/charges.  (BOE Policy 6.200; Procedure 6.200 Exhibit B)

Steps to follow when a student is absent include the following:

  • Parents should call the school (257-2108) by 8:30 a.m. each morning. The attendance secretary will call the parents that have not notified the office of their child's absence.
  • Parent or guardian should write an excuse giving the student's name, date, days of absence, reason for absence, and parent's signature. A doctor's excuse is necessary if more than 2 days in the nine-week period have been excused by parent notes.
  • Present your excuse to the attendance office the first day you return to school to receive an "Admit to Class" slip.
  • Ask all teachers for make-up assignments. Assignments that are not made up will be reflected in your grade. Each student is responsible for seeing that make-up work is completed.


A student who comes to class late (after 7:45) or leaves early (prior to 2:45 Monday-Thursday or 2:30 on Friday) will be considered tardy. A doctor's note submitted to the office upon return will excuse a tardy. Two parent notes per nine weeks are allowed for excused tardies if the student is sick and must leave school. All excuse notes must be submitted to the office the day the student returns. Three unexcused tardies will be considered an unexcused absence and count toward
truancy and attendance policies. (BOE Policy 6.200; Procedure 6.200 Exhibit B)


The Board expects all school staff, students and parents to assume the responsibility for appropriate behaviors in the school. (BOE Policy 6.301)

Each student has the right to:
1. Have the opportunity for a free education in the most appropriate learning environment;
2. Be secure in his/her person, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizure;
3. Expect that the school will be a safe place;
4. Have an appropriate environment conducive to learning;
5. Not be discriminated against on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin or disabilities; and
6. Be fully informed of school rules and regulations.

Each student has the responsibility to:
1. Know and adhere to reasonable rules and regulations established by the Board;
2. Respect the human dignity and worth of every other individual;
3. Refrain from libel, slanderous remarks, and obscenity in verbal and written expression;
4. Study and maintain the best possible level of academic achievement;
5. Be punctual and present in the regular school program;
6. Dress and groom in a manner that meets reasonable standards of health, cleanliness, modesty and safety;
7. Maintain and/or improve the school environment, preserve school and private property, and exercise care while using school facilities;
8. Refrain from behavior which would lead to physical or emotional harm or disrupts the educational process;
9. Respect the authority of school administrators, teachers and other authorized personnel in
maintaining discipline in the school and at schoolsponsored activities;
10. Obey the law and school rules as to the possession or the use of alcohol, illegal drugs and other
unauthorized substances or materials; and
11. Possess on school grounds only those materials which are acceptable under the law and accept the consequences for articles stored in one's locker.

Dress Code

At Chuckey the desire is for students to have an environment conducive to learning. For this reason, appropriate dress code will be enforced according to the Greene County School Board Policy (6.310 Exhibit A).

A partial list of guidelines includes:

  • Shirts, blouses or sweaters, pant/dresses and shoes must be worn at all times.
  • The practice of "sagging" is considered to be gang related symbolism and will not be tolerated.
  • No head apparel, including caps, hats, headbands, bandannas, toboggans, or hair stockings will be worn in the building.
  • Clothing shall fit properly and shall not be unreasonably tight or unreasonably baggy.
  • Pants must be worn at the waist. No sagging allowed. Shorts must have a 5" inseam or more.
  • Holes in pants must be at knee or below.
  • Skirts and dresses cannot be any shorter than two (2) inches above the knee. Sleeves of
    dresses must be at least the width of a credit card.
  • No spaghetti straps, tank tops, or muscle shirts are permitted. Bare midriffs, bare shoulders or backs, and excessively low cut clothing, along with clothing made of see-through material is prohibited. The midriff area must be fully covered at all times.
  • Hairstyles, sideburns, and mustaches must be in good taste, clean, and well groomed. No unusual hair color will be permitted (for example, neon colors, green, purple, etc.).
  • Clothing that exhibits written, pictorial, or implied references to illegal substances, drugs or alcohol, negative slogans, vulgarities, or that which attracts undue attention is prohibited.
  • Prohibited items include: (1) long, large and /or heavy chains, (2) studded or chained accessories, and (3) sunglasses, except for health purposes.
  • Leotards, body suits, biking or jogging shorts,and skintight outer materials such as spandexare not appropriate.
  • For the safety of the school population, trench coats and dusters will not be allowed.
  • Facial jewelry and accessories (rings/spacers) shall be limited to the ears only.
  • Lettings will not be worn as pants, and must be worn under shirts/skirts that are at least one inch below the fingertips in Grades 3-12.
  • Excessive or visible body art that is deemed by the building principal to be a distraction to the instructional setting.
  • Tattoos with vulgar language and obscene images.


The Greene County Board of Education believes that the school community, including students, parents, teachers, administration, and the Board, must work together to provide a safe, supportive environment that promotes teaching and learning. Parties shall engage in collaborative efforts that instill a sense of self discipline in students and that protect the rights of individual students. Students must be taught to respect the person and rights of others and should be courteous and cooperative with school staff and other students. The Greene County School Board has approved a discipline procedure for all elementary schools. (BOE Policy 6.313; Procedure 6.313 Exhibit A) It focuses on Levels I-V based upon severity and discipline history:

Level I Behaviors

Minor student misbehaviors which impede orderly classroom procedures or interfere with the orderly
operation of the school; usually handled by an individual staff member, but sometimes require the
intervention of other support personnel. (Examples - classroom or school disturbances, aggressive behavior, classroom tardiness, cheating and lying, non-defiant failure to do assignments or carry-out directions, harassment)

Level II Behaviors

Misbehaviors whose frequency or seriousness tends to disrupt the learning climate of the school; do not represent a direct threat to the health and safety of others but are serious enough to require corrective action on the part of administrative personnel; usually result from the continuation of Level I misbehaviors. (Examples - School tardiness, school or class truancy, using forged notes or excuses, disruptive school or classroom behavior, uncooperative behavior, abusive language, inappropriate gestures, possessing pocket knife, possessing over-the-counter drugs, using or
possessing fireworks, leaving class/campus without permission, possessing tobacco, possessing cellular phone/paging device, continued Level I behaviors)

Level III Behaviors

Acts directed against persons or property but whose consequences do not seriously endanger the health or safety of others in the school; often result from the continuation of Level II misbehaviors. (Examples - Fighting, vandalism, stealing, threats to others, severe abusive language, serious harassment, distributing overthe-counter drugs, other acts of aggression, continued Level II misbehaviors)

Level IV Behaviors

Acts which result in violence to another's person or property or which pose a threat to the safety of others in the school; may be criminal and require administrative actions which result in the immediate removal of the student from school, the intervention of law enforcement authorities and action by the school board. (Examples - Death threat, extortion, vandalism, theft, possession/sale of stolen property, arson, serious harassment, other acts of violence, unmodified Level III behaviors)

Level V Behaviors

Acts of zero tolerance, including, but not limited to, unlawfully furnishing/selling/possessing unauthorized substances, possession of a gun or dangerous weapon with intent to harm (one-year expulsion, which may only be modified by the director of schools and determined on a case-by-case basis) and assault/battery. 

Corporal Punishment 

According to the Greene County Board of Education (BOE Policy 6.314), any principal, assistant principal, or teacher may use corporal punishment in a reasonable manner against any student for good cause in order to maintain discipline and order within the public schools in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Corporal punishment shall be administered only after other less stringent measures have failed, or if the conduct of a student is of such nature that corporal punishment is the only reasonable form of punishment under the circumstances.
  • The instrument to be used in administering corporal punishment shall be approved by the principal.
  • Corporal punishment shall be reasonable and administered in the presence of another professional employee, but not in the presence of other students. 
  • The nature of the punishment will be such that it is in proportion to the gravity of the offense, the apparent motive and disposition of the offender, and the influence of the offender's example and conduct on others.

Please request and complete an Alternative Discipline Form if you do NOT want your child to be paddled.


Articles that are disruptive to the educational process (such as water guns, radios, cassette/CD players, gum, balloons, firecrackers, toys, cards, etc.) are not to be brought to school. Such articles will be confiscated and the student will face appropriate disciplinary action. Other items that cannot be brought to school include drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, guns, pocketknives, etc. These items are strictly prohibited on campus and will result in immediate disciplinary action.

All confiscated items must be picked up by a parent in the office by the end of the fiscal year (June 30). Any item(s) left after that date will be destroyed. (BOE Policy 6.312, Procedure 6.313Exhibit A)


Students shall be instructed in the following rules of bus behavior:
(1) Once a pupil is seated on a bus he will not change seats
without permission of the driver.
(2) Drivers may assign any or all students permanent seats on the bus if they wish to do so.
(3) Students will not be permitted to have any dangerous toys or other items on the bus.
Science specimens which are to be taken to the school in glass jars will also be enclosed in cardboard or wooden boxes. No drink containers will be permitted on the bus.
(4) Students will not use tobacco in any form on the bus.
(5) Students will not be excessively noisy while on the bus.
(6) Students will be let off a bus only at their designated destination unless written permission from their parents gives authority for the driver to do otherwise. All such requests will be checked and approved by the principal of the school the child attends.
(7) If a student misbehaves on the bus and refuses to obey the driver, when he delivers the student home, the driver may refuse to pick up the student again until a conference is held between the parents and the principal. The driver should talk with the parents if at all possible.
(8) Students will not be permitted to throw any objects while on the bus.
(9) Students will pay for damage done on the bus.
(10) Students will obey the driver.
(11) Students will not use vulgar or profane language.
(12) High school students who are required to wait at an elementary school for a bus shall be under the supervision of the elementary teachers on bus duty.


In order to maintain conditions and atmosphere suitable for learning, no person shall enter onto a
school bus except students assigned to that bus. The school bus is an extension of school activity; therefore, students shall conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with the established standards for safety and classroom behavior.

Students are under the supervision and control of the bus driver while on his/her bus, and all reasonable directions given by him/her shall be followed. A driver may remove a student in the event that the driver finds it necessary for the safety of the other student passengers or the driver, provided that the driver secures the safety of the ejected student for the uncompleted trip. A driver shall report to school authorities as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the route, any student refusing to obey the driver or exiting the bus without the driver's permission at a point other than the student's destination for that trip. The principal of the student transported shall be informed by the bus driver of any serious discipline problem and may be called upon to assist if necessary. A student may be denied the privilege of riding the bus if the principal determines that his/her behavior is such as to cause disruption on the bus, or if he/she disobeys state or local rules and regulations pertaining to student transportation.

The suspension of a student from riding the school bus shall follow the same procedures as for any other school suspension. Any student who gets off the bus at any point between the pick-up point and school must present the bus driver with a note of authorization from the parent signed by the principal of the school that the student attends. Any student wishing to ride a bus other than his/her designated bus must have written parental permission and signed by the principal or his/her designee. Students who transfer from bus to bus while in route to and from school shall be expected
to abide by the discipline policies adopted by the Board and rules adopted by the staff of the terminal school. (BOE Policy 6.308; Procedure 6.308 Exhibit B)


Students shall help maintain the school environment, preserve school property and exercise care while using school facilities. All district employees shall report all
damage or loss of school property to the principal or designee immediately after such damage or loss is discovered. The principal or designee shall make a full and complete investigation of any instance of damage or loss of school property. The investigation shall be carried out in cooperation with law enforcement officials when appropriate. School property is defined as buildings, buses, books, equipment, records, instructional materials or any other item under the jurisdiction of the Board. When the person causing damage or loss has been identified and the costs of repair or replacement have been determined, the director of schools shall take steps to recover these costs. This may include recommending the filing of a civil complaint in court to recover damages. If the responsible person is a minor, recovery will be sought from the minor's parent or guardian. In addition, the district may withhold the grades, diploma, and/or transcript of the student responsible
for vandalism or theft or otherwise incurring any debt to a school until the student or the student's
parent/guardian has paid for the damages. When the minor and parent are unable to pay for the damages, the district shall provide a program of voluntary work for the minor. Upon completion of the work, the student's grades, diploma, and/or transcripts shall be released. Such sanctions shall not be imposed if the student is not at fault. (BOE Policy 6.311)


If your child must have medicationof any type during school hours,including over-the-counter drugs,
you have the following choices:
(1) You may come to the school and give the medication to your child at the appropriate time.
(2) You may use the enclosed copy of the "Permission for Medication" form or obtain a copy from the school secretary.
(3) This form must be completed for both prescription and nonprescription medication. The form must be signed by the doctor if your child is on a prescription or long term medication (longer than four weeks).
(4) Medication must be brought to school by the parent or guardian. Students are not allowed to
transport medications to school.
(5) Prescription medications must be brought to school in a pharmacy-labeled bottle which contains
instructions on how and when the medication is to be given. Non-prescription medication must be received in the original container with the child's name written on the bottle.
(6) You may discuss with your doctor any alternative schedule for administering medication (e.g., outside of school hours). If medication is ordered three times a day, it should be given before school, after school, and at bedtime unless the doctor states otherwise.

School personnel will not assist with any student medications unless they have received a medication form properly completed, and the medication has been received in an appropriately labeled container. Medication brought to school in envelopes, baggies or aluminum foil will not be given to any child. In fairness to those assisting with medication and to provide for the safety of your child, there will no exceptions to this policy. (BOE Policy 6.405; Procedure 6.405 Exhibit A)

If you have any questions about the policy, or other issues related to the assisted self administration of medication in the schools, please contact the system school nurses at 798-2646.


Many safety drills are practiced throughout the school year to promote ultimate safety of everyone at school. The drills include evacuation drills for fire, bomb threats, and gas leaks, severe weather drills, earthquake drills, and intruder drills ---also called lock down drills. We take the drills very seriously and expect full cooperation from all faculty, staff, students, and parents when the drills are called. Those who do not cooperate will be subject to disciplinary action. The full safety plan can be previewed by requesting a meeting with the Chuckey Elementary School Safety Committee. (BOE
Policy 3.201)

Grading Policy

Grade cards will be sent home at the end of each nine weeks with interim reports sent home half-way through the marking period. Students in kindergarten through 2nd grade will receive a standards-based grade card indicating progress toward mastering grade level expectations.

Grading Scale

A = 93-100

B = 85-92

C = 75-84

D = 70-74

F = 0-69

S = Satisfactory

U = Unsatisfactory

N = Needs Improvement

This student handbook is not all inclusive of Greene County School Board Policy. The complete policy manual can be viewed in the school office, library, or online at Parents/Guardians are responsible for becoming familiar with and discussing the policy with
their child(ren).

Important Dates for Students and Parents 2016-2017

First Semester

Aug. 2nd No School for Students (PD Day)
Aug. 3th New Student Registration Day
Aug. 4th No School for Students (Admin Day)
Aug. 5th First Full Student Day
Sept. 2nd No School
Sept. 5th No School (Labor Day Holiday)
Sept. 14th Interim Reports 1st Nine Weeks
Oct. 7th End of 1st Nine Weeks
Oct. 10th -14th No School (Fall Break)
Oct. 20th Grade Cards 1st Nine Weeks
Nov. 8th No School for Students (PD Day)
Nov. 22nd Interim Reports 2nd Nine Weeks
Nov. 23rd-25th No School (Thanksgiving Break)
Dec. 16th Abbreviated Day (7:45-9:45)
End of 2nd Nine Weeks
Dec. 19th-Jan. 3rd No School (Winter Break)

Second Semester

Jan. 4th Full Student Day
Jan. 6th Grade Cards 2nd Nine Weeks
Jan. 16th No School (MLK, Jr. Holiday)
Feb. 13th Interim Reports 3rd Nine Weeks
Feb. 20th No School (President's Day)
Feb. 21st No School for Students (PD Day)
Mar. 10th End of 3rd Nine Weeks
Mar 15th Grade Cards 3rd Nine Weeks
Mar. 24th No School for Students (PD Day)
Mar. 27th-31st No School (Spring Break)
Apr.14th No School (Good Friday)
Apr. 17th No School for Students (PD Day)
Apr. 28th Interim Reports 4th Nine Weeks
May 19th Last Full Student Day
May 22nd No School for Students (PD Day)
May 23rd No School for Students (Admin Day)
May 24th Abbreviated Day (7:45-9:45)

Chuckey Elementary Faculty
Name Position Email
LeAnn Myers Principal
Elizabeth Hoxie Pre K
Holly Hubbard Pre K
Robin Greene Kindergarten
Lindsey Levis Kindergarten
Kema Muhlhahn Kindergarten
Becky Bowers 1st
Lorrie Myers 1st

McKayla Myers

Beth Ann Anderson 2nd
Jessica Bowman 2nd
Shelby Eriksen 2nd
Beverly Chandler 3rd
Kim Dixon 3rd
Leanne Kirk 3rd
Jenna Holder 4th
Sherry Ripley 4th
Casey Ward 4th
Cortni Donahue 5th
Jennifer Gunter 5th
Bridget Lollar 5th
Laura Humphreys Reading Specialist
Angelelia Johnson Title I
Valerie Gonzalez Special Education
Danielle Hensley Physical Education
Michelle Hankins Librarian
Rebecca Tyler Art
Jodie Carter Music
Derek Sams School Counselor
Karen Millard Speech
Michelle Hernandez ESL
Natalie Shepherd Occupational Therapy
Jeanie Yancey Gifted


Chuckey Elementary School Staff
Tina Walton Attendance Secreta
Nancy Daniels Bookkepper
Alisha Ricker Family Resource Center Director
Jody Wiggin General Education Assistant
General Education Assitant
Devon Justice RTI Assistant
Barb Braithwaite Special Education Assistant
Becca Melton PreK Assistant
Wendy Casey PreK Assistant
Christa Gunter PreK Assistant
Verna Adams PreK Bus Driver
Rick Poore Custodian
Paige Neas Custodian
In-School Suspension
Gene Long Bus Driver 5
Rick Willett Bus Driver 7
Patrick Flannery Bus Driver 27
Michael Kelley Bus Driver 35
Joe Waggoner  Bus Driver 45
Ralph Shipley Bus Driver 66
David Mattice Bus Driver 79
Ralph Shelton Bus Driver 97









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