Homeless - McKinney Vento - Dr. Melissa Holcombe, Homeless Liaison
Federal Grant to assist families displaced from their homes. To facilitate enrollment in the appropriate school and in appropriate school services. To assist with funds for before and after-school care where other funds are not available. To provide monetarily for one-on-one tutoring services where it is identified by school staff as needed. To provide funds for non-mandatory school activities such as field trips. To facilitate free/reduced lunch enrollment. To provide school supplies and clothes when needed. To arrange for transportation services to and from school on a case-by-case basis when feasible. To provide funds for summer programs and camps where other funds are not available.
Catoosa Attendance Review Team - meets one or two times per month - referrals from school attendance office. This collaborative is to review attendance issues with the school administration and parents of students with excessive absences to come up with a plan and a signed contract to improve poor attendance and tardies.
Members of the Review Team: School Social Workers, Lookout Mountain Community Service, Juvenile Justice, School Nurse Manager, Communities In Schools, DFCS, and Director of Student Services.
Hospital Homebound Instruction- Dr. Kyra Rhyne
The Catoosa County BOE recognizes its responsibility to provide instruction to those students enrolled in an education program who have a medically-diagnosed condition that restricts them to a hospital or their home for a period of time that will significantly interfere with their education. Requirements are for the student needing service to present a medical referral form, with a statement from the doctor, that states the student has a chronic health condition causing him/her to be absent and expected time to be absent. The school administrator will approve the referral and submit to the Director of Student Services for approval. If approved the Hospital Homebound teacher will work with the student's teacher to provide service to those students to enable them to keep up with their regular classroom assignments.
The Fund will provide qualified Catoosa County School children and families with short-term needs such as food, clothing, shelter, dental and medical care, educational related supplies or fees, or short-term emergency needs in an effort to develop their physical, mental, and emotional health and welfare. The School Social Workers will investigate referrals for assistance. No fees are required for assistance. By filling these short-term needs, it is the hope of the Board of Directors that the assistance will keep those children in school.
The goal is to achieve the purpose of the Catoosa County Children's Fund by soliciting contributions in various ways such as from local businesses, fund-raising drives in the schools, individual donations from letters sent annually, or from local churches.
Board of Directors is made up of one representative from each chartered civic group who chooses to participate in the fund; the county school superintendent; county director of student services; representatives of community agencies; and representatives of supporting businesses if they choose to belong.
Tribunal Hearings -
The Disciplinary Tribunal shall be given authority by the Catoosa County Board of Education to implement discipline policies for any offense concerning any breach of the Code of Conduct outlined in Discipline Policies and Procedures adopted by the Catoosa County Board of Education. The Tribunal hears evidence presented by the school system, the student, and parents when the local school refers the student. The Tribunal has the authority to make decisions ranging from returning the student to the school or recommending permanent expulsion of the student. This Tribunal shall have a minimum membership of a hearing officer and two administrators. The hearing officer shall be the Director of Student Services or other appointee of the Superintendent. The Tribunal shall be appointed by and called, at the pleasure of the hearing officer.
Gateway Program - Director of Student Services works closely with directors of this program in placement and capacity of students in the program.
Juvenile Court - Held twice monthly - Director of Student Services attends court for students involved in incidents from the school system taking all school records (attendance, discipline, grades and any tribunal files) for review by the judge if needed. Also works with Juvenile Justice Probation Officers.
Parent Concerns - Mediator with parents/students and schools when necessary.
Responsible for Student Handbook updates and publication each year - Code of Conduct.
Click here for the student handbook. Click here for the student insurance form in English. Click here for the form in Spanish. Click here to view our CCPS Nondiscrimination Statement.