Student Handbook

Mission Statement
Students at Rock Ridge will learn in a safe nurturing learning environment which involves teachers, parents, and the community all working together for the continual development of the whole child.

Vision Statement
Rock Ridge will provide students an opportunity to become independent life long learners with 21st century skills that are critical thinkers and collaborative workers that can adapt to a changing world.


A Message to Parents:

Welcome to Rock Ridge Elementary School! We look forward to the new school year with great excitement and anticipation!

Our staff is committed to continuously improving home and school communication. We feel that strong support and positive cooperation between home and school will result in the understanding of our high expectations, instructional requirements, school guidelines, and classroom goals by both parents and students.

The Rock Ridge staff values the past community and parental involvement at our school. This support is needed to maintain the excellent parental and community support which has been a tradition at Rock Ridge for many years.

We urge each parent to become involved and help us achieve our goals. Your child's success in school depends on the cooperation of the home and school as we work together in the best interest of all our students. It is our sincerest desire to help each child develop his/her potential in a warm, caring, educational environment.

With everyone working together, Rock Ridge will continue to be an awesome place to grow and learn!



Cafeteria FAQ

Why are the elementary students receiving meals at "no cost"?
All elementary schools are eligible for meals at "no cost" under the Community Eligibility Provision which is part of the USDA Healthy Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010.

What is the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)?
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) provides an alternative approach for offering school meals to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools in low income areas, instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced price meals.

Do I still need to complete a meal application form?
Parents or guardians of only elementary students in their household will not have to complete a meal application.

I have child(ren) in elementary but also in middle and high schools. Do I still need to complete a meal application form?
Yes. If an elementary student has a sibling (s) at the middle or high school (s), the parent or guardian will have to complete a meal application and include all individuals living in the household, including the elementary student(s).

Please know that once a meal application is processed and approved, your elementary child will continue to receive meals "at no cost" while your middle or high school teenager (s) may qualify for meals at the free, reduced or denied status.

What must my child select in order to receive the reimbursable lunch at "no cost"?
Your child must select a minimum 3 out of 5 food groups offered on the service line with 1/2 cup vegetable or fruit
required as one of those choices.

Will extra items still be offered for purchase in the cafeteria?
Absolutely! At lunch, we will offer a variety of snack choices- freshly baked cookies, ice cream, chips, and puddings.  These items are not part of a reimbursable meal, so students will have to purchase these items. All of our snack items must meet the new USDA snack guidelines

How can I prepay for extra item purchases for my child?
Take advantage of Pay For It, Child Nutrition's online payment system. You may access and learn more about Pay For It from our webpage at the district website. Applying funds to an account eliminates the need for remembering and carrying money on a daily basis. We will continue to accept cash or checks in the cafeteria but remember to write your child's name and lunch number on the check. We encourage prepayments to be made prior to or after the breakfast meal. We will accept prepayments at lunch, however, with so many to feed in such a short time frame, prepayment data entry leads to less time for students to eat, socialize and return to class.

What is Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC)?
Each morning, Child Nutrition staff will prepare food and transport to all classrooms. To ensure optimum temperature and freshness, the food items will be transported in insulated cooler bags.

After the school doors open, all elementary students will report to their classroom where breakfast will be available and offered at "no cost" to each student.

What must my child select in order to receive the reimbursable breakfast at "no cost"?
Your child must select a minimum 3 out of 4 food groups offered with 1/2 cup fruit required as one of the choices.

Will my child be able to purchase one item or extra items?
With the BIC, only reimbursable breakfast will be offered at this time.

What if my child does not want to eat breakfast?
The program is offered to all elementary students but it is the student's choice whether or not to participate.

Will BIC take away from instructional time?
No. BIC takes place in no more than 15 minutes prior to 1st tardy bell.

We thank you for your support and appreciate your patronage of the Child Nutrition program.



Parent Involvement Policy

The Wilson County Board of Education and Rock Ridge School believe that the education of children is a cooperative effort between parents and schools. Parents are their children's first teachers and involvement by parents improves the educational achievement of their children. We believe that the involvement of parents increases the effectiveness of the program and contributes significantly to the success of the children. The Rock Ridge School staff will strive to involve parents in activities throughout the school year.

Rock Ridge School is a school-wide Title I school. This means we receive federal money to be used for all students to improve their educational achievement. We invite parents to give input into the development of their children's instruction programs. Input is solicited through surveys and Parent Link phone calls. Parents are invited to confer with teachers and administrators. Parents are asked to be active members of various committees at both the school and county level. Parent workshops are held throughout the year. Parents are encouraged to serve as volunteers in school activities.

Communication to promote parental involvement includes:
• A written agreement which outlines promotion standards for each grade level
• This parent/student handbook provided by the school
• Notes/letters sent to parents
• Notification of student progress each nine weeks
• Phone communication through the Parent Link system
• Translation at meetings and conferences
• Written and phone messages soliciting volunteers and committee members
• Facebook

Parents may also contact the principal or PTO officers to offer input.

Principal:  Jennifer Lewis
PTO President:   Jennifer Clark
Vice President:  Melissa Kovach
Secretary:  Jessie Hinnant 
Treasurer:  Ashley Watkins


School Day

  • Students may not arrive before 7:20 a.m. You must apply for Before School Care and for services if you must arrive before 7:20 a.m.
  • Breakfast is served in the classroom beginning at 7:45 a.m.
  • The school day begins at 7:55 a.m. The pledge and moment of silence will begin at 7:55 a.m.
  • Students who arrive after 7:55 a.m and/or leave before 3:00 p.m. are counted tardy.
  • Students who are tardy or leave early are eligible for outstanding attendance, but NOT perfect attendance.



  • All visitors should enter through the front office, sign in, and receive a pass for scheduled appointments and to eat lunch. Mornings are a very busy time for teachers and we ask that you schedule an appointment to speak to teacher before school. Do not enter or exit through side doors.
  • Remember adults are role models and need to dress appropriately.
  • No cell phone use inside the building. Talking and texting on your cell phone in the hall is distracting to our students.
  • Please schedule appointments with teachers by note or phone call. All teachers have voicemail where you can leave messages.
  • Classroom observations require approval from the principal and should not interfere with instruction. No younger children may accompany adults during a classroom observation.

Medication Policy

  • School staff will administer medicine only when medical form is filled out and signed by the doctor. Instructions for giving the medicine must be included.
  • All medicine must be in the original container. Prescription medication must have the child's name on the original prescription label with directions.


Balloons, Flowers, etc.

Students may not receive flowers, balloons, etc. during the instructional day. Please save these special items for home.

Inappropriate Items

Certain items should not be brought to school. Such items include laser pens, pagers, telephones, paint balls, video games, radios, headsets, false fingernails, makeup, toys, and any other item/toy that interferes with the smooth operation of school. No toy guns, knives, or weapons should be brought for any reason and may result in suspension.

Outside Food Guidelines

Students MAY bring lunch from home. Parents or other adults may NOT purchase food from outside sources such as McDonald's, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Subway, etc. and bring to school for lunch.

Bringing in outside food violates state and federal guidelines that we are required to follow. When food for snacks or class parties is brought, it may be eaten in the classroom with the permission of the teacher, but may not be taken into the cafeteria. Thank you for following these guidelines.




Students require a handwritten and signed note from a parent to change their method of transportation to or from school. Please do not e-mail transportation changes during the school day. Students must ride the bus they are assigned to and may NOT ride a different bus to go home with someone for a visit. Phones calls to change a child's method of transportation will only be accepted for emergencies and should not occur more than once or twice per year.

School Bus Policies and Rules

Riding to and from school is a privilege. You must be a responsible passenger.

There are rules that are designed for the discipline and safety of school bus passengers. It is the driver's, the parent's, and the principal's responsibility to see that each student knows these rules. By setting a good personal example, the driver, with the aid of the principal, should insist that these rules are followed.

In meeting the school bus, passengers should:

  1. Be on time.
  2. Stand on the side of the highway and in no way interfere with traffic. Cross the road under protection of the stop arm.
  3. Wait for their turn while getting on the bus.

On the bus, passengers must observe regular classroom conduct. The following rules should also be observed.

  1. Take assigned seat. Remain seated while the bus is moving.
  2. Do not disturb the driver. Do not throw anything.
  3. Do not extend hand or arm out of the window.
  4. Keep hands and feet to yourself.
  5. Keep the bus clean and sanitary. No eating on the bus.
  6. Do not use profane or indecent language.


Bus Discipline Policy

1st Offense - Conference with student.
2nd Offense - Conference with student.
3rd Offense - Suspended from riding the bus for 3 days.
4th Offense - Suspended from riding the bus for 5 days.
5th Offense - Suspended from riding the bus for 10 days.

In the case of fighting or other severe bus behavior violations, the principal has the authority to immediately suspend the student from riding the bus rather than following the sequence of steps outlined above. IF A STUDENT'S SCHOOL BUS BEHAVIOR CANNOT BE BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL UNDER THESE STEPS, BUS PRIVILEGES MAY BE SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY.


Picking Your Child Up From School

If you have to pick your child up from school for any reason, you should enter through the front door of the school and ask for your child before 2:30 p.m. The secretary will call for your child and you will sign him/her out at the front desk. There will be no early check outs between 2:30-3 p.m. due to the high volume of traffic in the office and the continuous interruption to classrooms and instructional time. Students who arrive late (after 7:55) or are picked up early (before 3:00) are considered tardy.

In order to make traffic flow smoothly and protect students, parents should remain in their cars and follow the traffic flow into the school grounds each afternoon to pick up their children. There should be 2 lanes of traffic from the entrance to the mailbox. This moves into a single lane where students load at station 1, 2, 3, or 4 where an adult supervises their loading. This process moves quickly. Parents MAY NOT park on or across the street and call their child to come to them at the car as this is extremely dangerous.

Cars riders are strongly encouraged to be picked up in the car line. Car riders must be picked up by 3:20 p.m. Parents may park in bus lot in assigned parking spaces and walk up to pick their child up. Parents of car riders that walk up to pick up students will be dismissed from bus lot AFTER the buses have left the lot.

Buses load in the bus lot. State law prohibits car traffic from mixing with bus traffic for safety reasons; therefore walk up car riders will need to wait to load in their cars until buses have left parking lot.


Child Safety

Please follow ALL state laws regarding child safety including the use of car seats, booster seats, seat belt restraints, and number of passengers. We must report violations to law enforcement. These laws are designed to protect our children.


Field Trips

When classes plan field trips, they are designed to be an extension of study in the classroom or a reward. The trips are for the students in the class. Teachers may ask for parents to assist in chaperoning field trips. ONLY students in the class may go on the trip. Older or younger children, whether school age or preschool, may not go on the trip.



Students in grade K-5 are required to attend school a minimum of 153 days during the school year. If a child has more than 27 absences in one year, he/she will be retained.

Please send a note to school with your child when they return from an absence explaining the reason they were out. Students will be expected to make up all missed assignments within 5 school days.

Valid reasons for excused absences include:

  • Illness or injury
  • Isolation ordered by State Board of Health
  • Death in immediate family
  • Emergency medical or dental appointment 
  • Participation in a court proceeding 
  • Observance of religious event/holiday
  • Participation in a valid educational opportunity **please note family vacations to Disney World, the mountains, the beach, etc are not considered a valid educational opportunity.

WCS Board Policies

Summaries of board policies concerning attendance, behavior, and academic expectations are located throughout the Rock Ridge handbook sent home; however the full board policy on each topic is available upon request.

Dress Code 
Board Policy 6401
Adopted April 2002
Updated June 2013

  1. Clothing must be age appropriate, not disruptive to the teaching-learning process, and cannot be proactive, revealing, indecent, vulgar or obscene.
  2. Hats, sweatbands, bandannas, or sunglasses will not be worn inside the school buildings.
  3. Shorts must be of adequate length to reach the ends of one's fingertips when the student is standing and the arms are by one's side.
  4. Skirts and dresses must be no higher than three (3) inches above the top of the knee.
  5. Clothing will not be allowed which promotes alcoholic beverages, tobacco, the use of controlled substances, depicts violence, profanity, vulgarity, or obscenity, is a of a sexual nature, or is of a disruptive nature.
  6. Shirts and blouses must cover the waist, midriff and go past the waistline.  Tank top or spaghetti strap tops may not be worn as an outer garment.
  7. Proper footwear is required. Shoes that have laces must be laced and tied.
  8. Clothing is not to be sheer or mesh and cannot have excessive holes.
  9. Undergarments are not to be visible.
  10. Clothing must be worn appropriately (nothing inside-out, backwards, rolled up pant legs, unfastened bib overall, no sagging pants, belts must be buckled and worn at the waist line, etc.)
  11. Clothing will not be allowed that is intentionally shredded or torn.
  12. Tight clothing such as knit or spandex bicycle/biker pants or overly tight pants are not allowed.
  13. Clothing articles commonly recognized as being related to a group or gang which provokes others to act violently or be intimidated by fear of violence shall not be worn on the campus or at any school activity.