Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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December 13, 2012

BOE OK's first reading on policy changes

CROSSVILLE — The policy on the use of email for board of education staff was edited and was one of several policies that were approved for a first reading during the BOE's monthly meeting.

Policy 1.805 the use of electronic mail (email) was changed to state "Messages shall not be sent that contain material that may be defined by a reasonable person as obscene or that are offensive or promote illegal or unethical activity."

Prior to the change the policy simply listed "racist or sexist", but was replaced with the word offensive.

Policy 1.806, advertising and distribution of materials in schools was edited to add "Advertisement program approved by the board following procedures established by the director (of schools) TCA 49-6-2019."

Policy 5.501, complaints, was edited and the following statement was added to the policy: "It is the policy of the board to encourage parents and citizens to discuss school problems with school personnel. However, in order to properly address such problems, it is necessary that such problems, complaints, or grievances be produced in writing. Therefore, if any parent or citizen has a complaint, problem, or grievance with any school or school personnel, the principal in charge of such school or school personnel will request that the complaint or grievance be put in writing."

This section was moved from policy item 5.502.

The policy also added that a teacher will be allowed to have representation at any meeting or conference regarding a complaint. Prior to the change the policy stated a teacher could be represented by the (CCEA) Cumberland County Education Association.

The number of days was also changed to reflect "calendar" days.

Policies 6.304 and 6.305 are to be combined, which will rescind policy 6.305. The policies are regarding student discrimination and harassment and bullying/intimidation.

Policy 6.411, regarding student wellness was edited to add a commitment to coordinated school health section, which includes:

"All schools shall implement CDC's Coordinated School Health approach to managing new and existing wellness-related programs and services in schools and the surrounding community based on state law and state board of education CSH guidelines. The district's coordinated school health coordinator shall be responsible for overseeing compliance with state board of education CSH standards and guidelines in the school district. He/she shall register with the state department of education.

Also added was an evaluation of effectiveness of the wellness program section, which includes: "The board shall monitor the effectiveness of the wellness program within a wide-range of student constituency groups. Factors to be considered include: participation rates in school meal programs, nutrition satisfaction surveys, frequency and types of health problems which include medical issues, mental emotional and behavioral health, teacher surveys of student's classroom behavior, attention span and memory and test scores."

The U.S.D.A. Healthy Hunger-Free Act of 2010, section 204 state board of education 0520-1-6 is also added for legal reference to the policy.

The first reading on all these policy changes were approved together, unanimously after Sandra Brewer, 3rd District representative, made a motion for approval. Brewer's motion was supported by David Bowman, 7th District representative.

The policy changes will be reviewed and are required to pass a second reading before they can take effect.

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