Handbook Policies and Procedures



Non-Discrimination Statement

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, color, age and/or disability in admission to, access to or operation of its programs, services or activities and provides access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. MNPS does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. 


Civil Rights Compliance

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSMNPS is committed to ensuring all students and adults are given the opportunity to learn, participate and work in an environment that is free from discrimination by adhering to laws below.


section 504 and 504 complaint procedures

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSSection 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disabilities. 

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSSection 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provides that no otherwise qualified individual with handicaps in the United States solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. 

  • Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 protects qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability in services, programs and activities provided by state and local government entities. 

Notice 

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSMNPS will make available the name(s), office address and telephone number of the ADA and Section 504 coordinator(s)

    • Shree WalkerBắn Cá Hải Tặc iOS, 504 Coordinator 2601 Bransford Avenue Nashville, TN 37204; Phone: 615-259-8781 

    • Jennifer Earwood,  ADA Title II Coordinator 2601 Bransford Avenue Nashville, TN 37204; Phone: 615-259-8530 

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSThe district’s initial and continuing notification may include posting notices, publishing in newspapers, web and in student and employee handbooks, and distributing written communications. 

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSThere are two complaint processes: the informal grievance process and formal complaint process. 

Anyone may use the informal complaint procedures to report and resolve complaints of disability discrimination. Use of the informal complaint process is not required prior to filing a grievance. A parent or guardian is encouraged to first meet and discuss the complaint with the school’s 504 Coordinator, teacher or building administrator involved with the objective of resolving the matter promptly and informally. If the complaint is not resolved as of that meeting, or if the complainant wishes to bypass the informal complaint process, the parent or guardian may file a grievance.

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOS The district coordinator will hear Section 504 complaints. Complaints of disability discrimination may be made orally or in writing to the district coordinator who will endeavor to accomplish prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action that would be prohibited by the ADA/Section 504. The complainant and subject of the complaint will be provided the opportunity to present witnesses and evidence. The coordinator will respond to all complaints within 20 days with a written response, as well as information on further grievance procedures that may be followed if the complaining party is not satisfied with the coordinator’s proposed resolution.

If the parent or guardian wishes to appeal the decision of the District Section 504 Coordinator, he/she may submit a signed statement of appeal to the Executive Officer of Support Services or his/her designee within 10 days after receipt of the district coordinator’s response. The Executive Officer of Support Services or his/her designee will meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion and respond in writing to the grievance within 15 days.

If appropriate, the school will take steps to prevent recurrence of any harassment and to correct its discriminatory effects on the student and others.

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOS The complainant may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights at any time before or during these grievance procedures.

More information

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSFor more information about students’ rights and services, contact the :

    • Address: Andrew Johnson Tower, 710 James Robertson Parkway Nashville, Tenn., 37243

    • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSPhone: 615-741-2731 

  • For the address and phone number of the Office of Civil Rights that serves your area, call 1-800-421-3481. 


IDEA – INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ACT 

IDEA is a federal law that ensures services to children with disabilities. It governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services. IDEA requires schools to provide parents of a child with a disability with a notice containing a full explanation of the procedural safeguards available under the IDEA, U.S Department of Education regulations and Tennessee law and regulations. If you have questions regarding IDEA, email EEQuestions@mnps.orgBắn Cá Hải Tặc iOS.   


Reporting Requirements

MNPS is committed to providing all students a learning environment free from bullying or harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, ancestry or gender, including gender identity, expression and appearance. Bullying and harassment are prohibited and will not be tolerated

Any students with knowledge of bullying should report the bullying to the principal. Bullying, harassment, intimidation or hazing (including by electronic transmission) that is reported to any staff member must be reported to the principal. . 

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSAll students have the right to attend school in a safe environment that is conducive to learning. A threat is considered an expression to harm others or self through verbal, written or gestured communication. Any threat will be taken seriously if it is communicated, observed or reported by the recipient(s) of the threat or by a third party who has knowledge of the threat. For this reason, policies and procedures have been established to assist the Threat Assessment Team’s investigation and response to any threats to harm self or others. If the Threat Assessment Team concludes that a threat is credible, the consequences for the person or individuals making the threat may include, but are not limited to: the development of a safety plan, a referral to outside agencies, school level consequences, suspension, school reassignment or expulsion for up to one calendar year. 


Juvenile Offender Act

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSPursuant to TCA 55-10-701, the juvenile court judge may issue an order of denial of driving privileges for any offense or prohibited conduct described in TCA 55-10-801(a). This section applies to any criminal offense, status offense, violation, infraction or other prohibited conduct involving the possession, use, sale or consumption of any alcoholic beverage or any controlled substance, as defined in TCA 39-17-4, or involving the possession or carrying of a weapon on school property, as defined in TCA 38-17-1309(b) or (c). 

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSOn first offenses, the judge may exercise discretion and sign a withdrawal to reinstate driving privileges after three months. Beyond this limited circumstance, the denial or suspension of driving privileges are outlined in TCA 55-10-702. 

For more information, contact the Department of Student Support Services.  


Safe Harbor Provision

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSA student may approach a school official and voluntarily surrender an object, the possession of which is prohibited by these rules, provided the object is one that the student could lawfully possess off school grounds (such as a pocket knife) and is not a firearm. This safe harbor provision does not apply if a search is in progress at the school. 

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSIf a student approaches a school official and voluntarily surrenders such an object, then the student will not be subject to any disciplinary action under these rules. The principal will make arrangements to return the object to  the student’s parents or legal guardian, when applicable. 

If a student discovers an illegal item such as drugs, a weapon or other contraband (e.g. tobacco, alcohol) on school property, or a school bus, or at a school bus stop, the student may approach a school official and report the discovery. A student will not automatically be in violation  of school codes by solely making such a report. 

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSSchool officials will use discretion in determining whether the circumstance surrounding the report warrant further investigation of the reporting student. 


  • Lockers and other storage areas are the property of MNPS and are subject to search.

  • The search will be conducted by the principal or his/her designee in the presence of an adult witness.

  • There should be reasonable suspicion* for school authorities to investigate that the student(s) or visitor(s) possess(es) an item, the possession of which constitutes a crime or school rule violation.

  • If circumstances in a particular school dictate, either a general or random search of lockers or other school property accessible to students may be conducted.

  • A notice will be posted at all schools that lockers and other storage areas, containers and packages brought into the school by students or visitors are subject to search for drugs, drug paraphernalia and weapons.


*Reasonable suspicion is defined as circumstances based on statements or facts that would lead a person of ordinary care and prudence to believe and consciously entertain an honest and strong suspicion that a person or persons have done a specific act.

The following procedures apply to the search of students’ or visitors’ vehicles located or parked on school property. The search will be conducted by the school principal or his/her designee in the presence of an adult witness.

  • There should be reasonable suspicion* for school authorities to investigate that the vehicle contains weapons, drugs, drug paraphernalia or other illicit items.

  • If circumstances dictate, either a general or random search of vehicles may be conducted.

  • A notice will be posted at all school properties indicating that vehicles located or parked on school property are subject to search.



*Reasonable suspicion is defined as circumstances based on statements or facts that would lead a person of ordinary care and prudence to believe and consciously entertain an honest and strong suspicion that a person or persons have done a specific act.

The following procedures apply to the search of a student for items in the student’s immediate possession. The search will be conducted by the principal or his/her designee in the presence of an adult witness.

The search will be conducted in private and in the presence of an adult witness. In situations where there is an immediate threat to the safety and welfare of students and staff, and in the school official’s judgment the immediate control of the student and item(s) that are subject of the search is necessary, a search may be conducted in a non-private setting and without an adult witness, provided all of the requirements of reasonableness above are met.

The following procedures apply to item(s) discovered and/or seized in the course of searches conducted on school facilities. Any item reasonably felt to necessitate criminal prosecution will be turned over to the appropriate law enforcement officials.

School authorities may seize any item reasonably felt to be a threat to the safety of others or is used to disrupt or interfere with the educational process.

NOTE: State law permits school officials to make use of metal detectors or other devices, as well as dogs trained to detect drugs or weapons, to assist in the discovery of weapons and drugs on school properties. Any contraband (such as knives, night sticks, gang-related paraphernalia, etc.) confiscated during searches or turned in to school staff will be stored at MNPS’ Security Office for 60 days. After 60 days, unclaimed items will be discarded or destroyed.

student arrest

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSParents or guardians of a student arrested while at school or at a school-sponsored activity will be contacted after the principal/designee is made aware of the arrest and after the police department has assumed custody of the student. 


Threat Assessments

There may be times when a student makes a written, verbal or electronic threat that might involve a specific, credible plan to cause harm to students, staff or school. In these instances, a Threat Assessment team may convene and proceed to: 

  • Assess threats of potentially harmful or lethal behavior   

  • Determine the level of concern and action required  

  • Organize school and community resources and strategies 

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSManage situations involving students that pose threats to others 

  • Help to maintain a sense of psychological safety within the climate of the school community 


Unsafe School Choice Option and Victims of Violent Crime

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSStudents who attend a public elementary or secondary school identified by the state as “unsafe,” or students who are victims of a violent crime while in or on school grounds, as defined by federal law, must be given the option of enrolling in a different school within the same school district. Transportation for qualified students who decide to change schools must be provided by the school district for the remainder of the school year. In addition, families of a student who attends a school designated “unsafe” due to a pattern of violence and/or the student is a victim of a violent crime on school grounds, may choose to transfer the student to a different school that has not been designated as unsafe. Transportation will be provided by the school district. Currently, all MNPS schools are deemed safe by the State Department of Education. 


Violation of Personal Rights

It is a violation for any student, teacher, administrator or other school district employee to violate the personal rights of others. Violation of personal rights is any act of intimidation, harassment/hazing, physical force or threat of physical force directed against all persons or their property or advocate, motivated either in whole or in part by hostility to their real or perceived race, ethnic background, religious belief, gender (including gender identity), age, disability or sexual orientation, with the intention of causing fear or intimidation, or to deter the free exercise or enjoyment of any rights or privileges secured by the Constitution or the laws of the State of Tennessee whether or not performed under the color of law. 


Policies Related to Administration of Schools

The information contained in this section is a brief description of the most frequently referenced policies and procedures. The information included does not describe policies in their entirety. Full policies can be viewed at tourdulichbali.com/policies-and-proceduresBắn Cá Hải Tặc iOS. For questions or help, contact the Family Information Center at 615-259-4636 (INFO). 


english learners

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSUnder Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 (EEOA), public schools must ensure that English learner (EL) students can participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs. 

Home Language Survey

  • School districts must have procedures in place to accurately and timely identify potential EL students. Most school districts, including MNPS, use a home language surveyBắn Cá Hải Tặc iOS (HLS) at the time of enrollment to gather information about a student’s language background and identify students whose primary or home language is other than English. 

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSA parent/guardian must complete an HLS when the student enrolls. The form must be completed in its entirety, signed and dated. 

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSIf the first three questions of the HLS indicate the student speaks another language or that another language is spoken at home, the parent/guardian should make an appointment with the International Student Registration Center at the EL Office by calling 615-259-8608. 

Identifying and Assessing All Potential EL Students

  • MNPS must then determine if potential EL students are in fact EL through a valid and reliable test that assesses English language proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. MNPS must assess English proficiency using the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT), or WIDA Screener. These two assessments have no bearing on school assignment or grade placement.  

  • If students are identified as English learners, they will receive EL services during the regular school day from an English as a Second Language (ESL)-endorsed teacher. After the initial language assessment, all English learners are assessed annually for English proficiency through the ACCESS for English language learners. If the student scores proficient, he/she will be “exited” from EL services.

Assessment Locations

  • The International Student Registration Center sites assist parents in their native language and act as a resource and support for families and schools. If a family is not able to access one of our locations, MNPS will make accommodations for the family. See locations here: tourdulichbali.com/english-learners.

Translation and Interpretation Services

  • Families have the right to request an interpreter for any communication with the school. To request an interpreter, contact your child’s school (a teacher or administrator), or the Family Information Center at 615-259-4636, or the Office of English Learners at 615-259-3282. 

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Students With Disabilities

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSIt is the responsibility of the district to seek ways to meet the unique educational needs of all children within the general education program prior to referring a child to special education. Tennessee’s approach to teaching and learning is called RTI2.   

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSPursuant to IDEA Regulations at 34 C.F.R. §300.301(b), a parent or the school district may refer a child for an evaluation to determine if the child is a child with disability. If a student is suspected of an educational disability at any time, he or she may be referred by the student's teacher, parent, or outside sources for an initial comprehensive evaluation based on referral concerns. The team, not an individual, then determines whether it is an appropriate referral (i.e., the team has reason to suspect a disability) for an initial comprehensive evaluation. The school team must obtain informed parental consent and provide written notice of the evaluation. 

Child Find is the affirmative, ongoing obligation of states and local districts to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities residing within the jurisdiction who are in need of special education and related services. Learn more about Child Find.

Discipline 

  • If a student who has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) violates school rules or district policies outlined in this handbook, he or she will be disciplined in accordance with district policy and state and federal laws that govern Special Education, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If a student is suspended for an accumulated 10 days, the student’s Individualized Educational Program team (IEP-team) will convene to determine if the behavior displayed is a manifestation of the student’s disability. For more information contact your student’s school or .

Protections for Students Not Yet Eligible (34 CFR §300.534) 

  • If a student has not been determined eligible for special education and related services and violates a code of student conduct, but the school district had knowledge (as determined below) before the behavior that brought about the disciplinary action occurred that the student was a child with a disability, then the student may assert any of the protections described in this notice. 

  • Basis of knowledge for disciplinary matters: a school district must be deemed to have knowledge that a student is a student with a disability if, before the behavior that brought about the disciplinary action occurred: 

  1. The parent of the student expressed concern in writing to supervisory or administrative personnel of the appropriate educational agency, or a teacher of the student that the student is in need of special education and related services; or 

  2. The parent requested an evaluation related to eligibility for special education and related services under Part B of the IDEA; or 

  3. The student’s teacher, or other school district personnel, expressed specific concerns about a pattern of behavior demonstrated by the student directly to the school district’s director of special education or to other supervisory personnel of the school district. 

  • A school district would not be deemed to have such knowledge if: 

  1. The student’s parent has not allowed an evaluation of the student or refused special education services; or 

  2. Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSThe student has been evaluated and determined to not be a student with disability under Part B of the IDEA. 

504 Services

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights law protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities. It guarantees students with disabilities the right to an equal educational opportunity. 

  • Qualified students who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having impairment must be provided a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and have procedural safeguards under the law. 

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSA diagnosis of a disability does not automatically qualify a student for eligibility under Section 504. 

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSTo be eligible as a student with a disability under Section 504, a student must be evaluated and determined eligible under Section 504 by a 504 team. Families who suspect their student has a disability may submit a verbal or a written request for the school to start the 504 evaluation process. The 504 team will review all concerns and proceed with the 504 evaluation eligibility process. 

  • To obtain 504 services:

    • Contact the 504 coordinator at the student’s school

    • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSAssist in documenting a disability

    • Attend the 504 meetings

    • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSBe an active partner in the process

  • If a student who has been determined eligible under Section 504 violates school rules or district policies outlined in this handbook, he or she will be disciplined in accordance with district policy, state and federal laws that govern Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and IDEA. For more information, contact the school or click here.

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSIf a student has not been determined eligible for 504 services and violates a code of student conduct, but the school district has knowledge the student has a disability before the behavior that brought about the disciplinary action occurred, then the student may assert any of the protections described in this notice. In determining whether the school district had a basis of knowledge that the student has a disability, the district will follow similar guidelines as provided for under the IDEA outlined under the Exceptional Education Services section. 


homework guidelines

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSResearch provides strong evidence that, when used appropriately, homework benefits student achievement (Good & Brophy, 2003; Cooper, Robinson, & Patall, 2006). Homework is beneficial and important in a student’s overall program and is required in Metro Nashville Public Schools. 


Inappropriate Use of Internet/Electronic Devices 

Students may not use personal technology during instructional periods except when used as an aid to instruction, at the discretion of the classroom teacher and building administrator. A student who brings his/her device to school does so at his/her own risk. No searches or investigations will be conducted for lost or stolen devices. Personal technology includes, but is not limited to:

  • cellular phones,

  • wireless earpieces,

  • iPods,

  • iPads,

  • other mp3 players,

  • Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOScalculators and

  • portable gaming devices. 

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSHeadphones must be used for personal technology used to play music or video.

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSA student in possession of personal technology in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action. . 


Permissions Related to Policies

Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSCertain permissions are required for students to participate in some school-related activities. Parents or guardians should indicate on the permission form whether or not their student has permission to participate. 

FERPA Read more.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey Metro Schools is participating in the 2021 Davidson County High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). This survey is sponsored and run by the Metro Public Health Department. It will ask about the health of 9th through 12th grade students such as nutritional practices, crime victimization, physical activity, injuries, tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use, and exposure to adverse childhood experiences. It will also ask about sexual behaviors that could lead to pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. You may opt-out your child from survey participation at permissions.mnps.org, by calling 615-340-8608 or emailing YRBSInfo@nashville.gov.
MNPS Surveys During the 2020-2021 school year, MNPS will conduct two to three short (10-20 minute) surveys for students in third grade and above. These surveys on School Climate and Neighborhoods and Well-Being will help us to learn more about our students and their perceptions of school and experiences outside of school. Your student’s participation in these surveys is voluntary. You may exempt your student from participating in these surveys at any time prior to survey administration.
Print and Digital Media MNPS provides the opportunity annually for parents/guardians to approve the use of photographs, videos and/or audio clips of students by the district and outside media. Permission forms are available at tourdulichbali.com/handbook.

Unless a parent/legal guardian returns this permission form or other written statement to the school denying permission, the district will use the following media sources to display photographs, videos and/or audio clips of any identifiable student:
  • MNPS digital communications, including social media, email, videos and district websites
  • MNPS printed media, including marketing materials and informational publications

Unless the parent/legal guardian of the student returns this permission form granting permission, the district will deny permission (including community patners) for the following media sources: to display photographs, videos and/or audio clips of any identifiable student unless separate written permission is obtained from the parent/legal guardian of the student for the specific request:
  • Non-MNPS print and digital media, including, but not limited to fliers, brochures, social media, websites and other publications Non-MNPS media, including local news stations, newspapers and other news sources

While distance learning, parents and guardians should take into account the surroundings captured on video could contain sensitive information, including location-identifying landmarks.
Military Recruiters MNPS is required by law to provide military recruiters contact information for high school students approaching eligibility age for military service, UNLESS the parent has requested that the district not share the information. Confirm your permission to release your student’s name and contact information to a military recruiter on the permission forms available at tourdulichbali.com/handbook. Unless you deny permission, your student’s information will be included.
Health Screenings As mandated by the State of Tennessee, MNPS provides color perception screenings, hearing and vision screenings at designated grade levels at both elementary and middle schools. Additional screenings in elementary, middle and high school, for height, weight and blood pressure are also provided. Confirm your permission to release your student’s name and contact information to a military recruiter on the permission forms available at tourdulichbali.com/handbook. Unless you deny permission, your student will be included in the available health screenings.
Laptop/Device Opt Out MNPS may issue a laptop or similar device for remote or digital learning opportunities both on and off campus. This laptop or similar device will utilize the internet filtering provided by MNPS, as explained in the Acceptable Use Policy. Review the full policy located online at tourdulichbali.com/handbook and decide if you wish to restrict your student’s access to a laptop or similar device. If you wish to deny access, complete the Opt-Out form, located online at tourdulichbali.com/handbook, which should be signed by both the student and the parent or guardian before returning to your student’s teacher.
Technology Students will be permitted to use the internet or email at school unless the parent or guardian signs the Technology Opt-Out form, located online at tourdulichbali.com/handbook, to restrict their student’s use/access to the internet. All students are issued a MNPS username and email address. The username allows students to utilize district technology resources. The district-provided email address can be used for communication with the student by the school, district or other students. Please read the and decide if you wish to restrict your student’s access to the internet. If you wish to deny access, complete the Opt-Out form, located online at tourdulichbali.com/handbook, which should be signed by both the student and the parent or guardian before returning to your student’s teacher.
School Social Worker, Psychologist and Counselor Services School social work services exist in every MNPS school. The Social Work Department is committed to helping students reach their highest academic potential. Sometimes there are personal issues that interfere with students’ learning. School social workers provide free counseling to students during the school day at their school. All records regarding a student’s session with the school social worker are kept confidential except as required by law.

If the parent or guardian wishes to exclude his/her student from school social work services, he/she may sign the School Social Work Opt-Out located online at tourdulichbali.com/handbook. Failure to sign the located online at School Social Work Services Opt-Out form will serve as an indication that the student has permission to meet with the School Social Worker at his/her school.