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Twin Rivers MS Handbook
Please make sure you review the handbook for important matters such as Attendance, Discipline, and many other topics.
By September 1 of each school year or within 30 days of a student’s enrollment in the school, the parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of each student shall sign a statement indicating receipt of such written statement of possible consequences and penalties. In addition, students age 10 or older by September 1 shall sign a statement indicating receipt of such written statement of possible consequences for non-compliance to the school system’s policy. After two reasonable attempts by the school to secure such signature or signatures, the school shall be considered to be in compliance if it sends a copy of the statement via Certified Mail-return receipt requested or First-Class Mail to the parent, guardian, or other person who has charge or control of a child or children.
I understand the Compulsory Education Law (O.C.G.A. 20-2-690.1) states that every parent, guardian, or other person who has control of any child between the ages of 6 and 16 must enroll and send their child to school. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine, community service, or a combination of the penalties. I also understand that Gwinnett County Public Schools has an attendance protocol in place and that schools will inform parents and students of attendance expectations and the consequences for excessive unexcused absences, including notice to parents of their student’s excessive absences. A pattern of absences could put a student at risk of not achieving grade level/ course AKS. Under state law, a student with more than ten (10) unexcused absences is considered truant.
I have reviewed the school’s web site and I am aware of the extracurricular activities available to my child. (If Internet access is not available, parents should ask for a copy of this list from the school.) Of the activities/clubs listed on the website, if you do not want your child participating, please turn in a hand written note.
Release of Directory Information
Release of Directory Information
FERPA permits the District to disclose information designated as Directory Information without the consent of the parent or eligible student. Directory Information is information, the disclosure of which is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy. Among the purposes that the Directory Information exception facilitates is the release of student information in athletic and extracurricular programs, yearbooks, honor roll and other recognition lists, graduation programs, etc.
Gwinnett County Public Schools has designated the following information as “Directory Information”: name, address, telephone number, date of birth, electronic mail (e-mail) address, photograph, audio recordings, video recordings, grade level, years of attendance, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, and honors and awards received. Unless the parent or eligible student opt-out of the disclosure of “Directory Information,” the information designated as Directory Information above may be disclosed in District publications or to appropriate legitimate agencies, entities, or individuals identified by the District, including, but not limited to, PTA, colleges, and military recruiters. The District will not regard agencies, entities, or individuals submitting Open Records Requests as appropriate legitimate agencies, entities, or individuals for the purpose of disclosure of Directory Information.
You have the right to refuse to allow “Directory Information” to be disclosed. In order to opt out of the disclosure of Directory Information, you must notify the principal of the school the student attends in writing within 10 days of receipt of this handbook. The written notice must: (1) include the name of the student; (2) include a statement that the parent/guardian or eligible student is opting out of the disclosure of Directory Information under FERPA; and (3) be signed and dated by the parent, guardian, or eligible student.* *Please note that your written notice will be effective for the current year only and must be renewed on an annual basis should you wish to continue to opt out of the release of Directory Information.
Responsible use of Electronic Media
Responsible Use of Electronic Media for Students
GCPS recognizes that the use of technology is prevalent in society. Students and staff have access to the Internet, cell phones, games, and a variety of personal technology devices. Students and staff utilize social media websites and applications as well as a variety of other digital resources that allow them to interact, share, create and innovate. Staff members utilize these same resources as a means to effectively engage students, motivate student learning, and collaborate with colleagues.
When using GCPS technology or network access, students are expected to follow the Student Conduct Behavior Code, including respecting others’ privacy. Online student accounts to be used for legitimate educational purposes will be subject to monitoring and review, including review of text and attachments that are related to that student or students. At NO TIME should a student consider GCPS e-mail, networked applications, or account or technology access private or confidential in any way. While the school district does maintain Internet filters, there may be times when a student may accidentally or purposefully discover inappropriate materials online.
Gwinnett County Public Schools DOES NOT CONDONE the use of such materials. Inappropriate use of GCPS technology or network access is a violation of the Student Conduct Behavior Code. Access is a privilege, not a right, and all students are expected to treat this learning tool with respect. GCPS technology, network access, and electronic resources must not be used to: • Harm other people. • Interfere with other people’s work. • Steal property. • Gain unauthorized access to other people’s files or programs. • Gain unauthorized access to online resources, including using someone else’s password. • Make changes to the hardware or software configuration of any machine, including installing or deleting any software. • Improperly use the network, including introducing software viruses and/or bypassing local school or office security policies. • Steal or damage data and/or computers and network equipment. • Access, upload, download, and/or distribute pornographic, hate-oriented, profane, obscene, or sexually explicit material. Failure to follow these guidelines can violate the Official Code of Georgia, O.C.G.A., Codes 16-9-90, 16-9-91, 16-9-93, and 16- 9-93.1 as well as Title XVII of United States Public Law 106-554, known as the Children’s Internet Protection Act. Such use can also lead to disciplinary actions, up to and including loss of access to GCPS technology resources and further disciplinary actions as defined by existing GCPS policies. Such disciplinary actions may include confiscation of technology being used inappropriately if an incident occurs.
Permission for Technology Applications
Twin Rivers will be using Epuzzle with students. You can read about this technology application and its privacy statement by clicking the link below:
If you wish to opt your student out of the use of Edpuzzle, please fill out the form below and deliver to TRMS:
Dispensing Medicine Policy
Twin Rivers Dispensing of Medication Policy
The faculty and staff of Twin Rivers Middle is vitally interested in the health and welfare of all students. In an efforts to dispense needed medications during school hours, it is important that parents / guardians provide medication in original containers with proper documentation. No medications will be given to students unless provided by parents / guardians.
Medicines - Prescription and non-prescription medicines need to be provided in original container along with the Medication Administration Form.
Click here for the Medication Administration Form.
Students are never to have medication in their possession while attending school. All medicines, (prescription and non-prescription) are to be kept in the clinic and administered there. Students who are in possession of medication are subject to disciplinary action as outlined under Gwinnett County Public Schools Code of Conduct - Rule 7.
Asthma Inhalers - According to State Bill 472, effective 7/1/02, students may possess and self-administer this medication while at school or at a school sponsored activity only after a parent / guardian has completed a Student Asthma Plan. A physician will need to complete a portion of this form before the medication is brought to school.
Gwinnett County Public Schools uses and releases photographs, audio recordings, and/or video recordings taken or recorded at its facilities and events for educational, instructional, or promotional purposes as determined by Gwinnett County Public Schools for use in broadcast and media formats now existing or created in the future.
These photographs and recordings often include depictions of students and/or parents engaged in instruction, school functions, and school activities. Any such photographs, audio recordings, and/ or video recordings shall become the property of Gwinnett County Public Schools and may be used or disclosed by Gwinnett County Public Schools or others with the consent of Gwinnett County Public Schools and/or its representatives to students, parents, community members, or media outlets.
By signing the Response Form acknowledging receipt of this Student/Parent Handbook, you consent to the foregoing. As the parent of a student or as an eligible student (18 years of age or older), you may elect to withhold your consent for Gwinnett County Public Schools’ use of photographs, audio recordings, and/or video recordings of you and/or your child. In order to withhold your consent for the disclosure of your and/or your child’s photographs, audio recordings, and/or video recordings, you (parent/guardian of the student) or the eligible student must notify the principal of the school the student attends in writing within 10 days of receipt of this handbook. The written notice must: (1) include the name of the student; (2) include a statement that the parent/guardian or eligible student is opting out of the release of photographs, audio recordings, and/or video recordings depicting the student; and (3) be signed and dated by the parent, guardian or eligible student. Please note that your written notice will be effective for the current school year only and must be renewed on an annual basis should you wish to continue to opt out of the release of photographs and recordings.
Finally, please note that Gwinnett County Public Schools will not be responsible for, and cannot control, photographs, audio recordings, or video recordings captured by individuals who are not employed by, affiliated with, or under contract with Gwinnett County Public Schools. Please contact your local school administration or technology team if you have further questions regarding this topic.
AKS per grade level
Gwinnett Co Public Library for Students
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