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ABOUT ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

TABLE of CONTENTS

•  ENROLLMENT AND AGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
•  FOOD SERVICE
•  HOURS
•  REPORT PERIODS
•  SCHEDULE CHANGES
•  ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
•  PARTNERSHIP WITH BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
•  SCHOOL BOARD GOALS
•  ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBERS
 
The Rockbridge County Public Schools division serves around 2500 students in four elementary schools for kindergarten through fifth grade, one middle school for grades six through eight, and one high school for grades nine through twelve. All schools are accredited by the State Department of Education.
 
The primary objective of our school system is to develop and unleash the powers of every student’s mind. We believe that every student, as an individual, deserves an education which empowers the student to become an active participant in society. Education should exist as a dynamic force of positive change. We require excellence from students. We strive for a sense of community and common purpose, while recognizing the diversity of interests and abilities. Although we urge students to develop their own faculties, we never underestimate the importance of teachers in nurturing and guiding this development. In order to achieve a sense of community, we must know each other and care for the children under our supervision.
 
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ENROLLMENT AND AGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Students attend the school in the zone in which they legally reside. Students residing in other school divisions may apply to attend school in Rockbridge County on a tuition basis. Students may be admitted if space is available. All children who will be five years old on or before September 30 are eligible for kindergarten. Children who are six years old by September 30 must be enrolled in school. There are four documents that must be presented to school officials when registering a pupil. They are an original certificate of birth, a report of physical examination, an immunization record, and a Social Security card. Questions should be directed to the principal of the school your child will attend. The Transportation Department (463-5437) can help you determine your school zone.
 
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FOOD SERVICE
Breakfast and lunch are served at all schools. Free and reduced price lunches are available to students unable to pay the full price of meals. You may prepay for your child's meals by paying cash or making out a check to the cafeteria of your child's school. There is no restriction on the number of meals which can be prepaid. Students may charge meals at the elementary level. Letters are sent home through the child's classroom. We ask that you pay the charges as soon as possible. State Regulations require that student charges are paid in full before the end of each school year. Charging meals at the middle school level is discouraged. Charging is not allowed at the high school level except under special circumstances. Students should see a school administrator if they have a problem paying for their meal. Please direct questions to the School Food Service Supervisor at (540) 463-7386, ext. 225.
 
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HOURS
The elementary and middle school day allows for a minimum of five hours and fifty five minutes of instruction with additional teaching time at the secondary level. Operating schedules are available from each school.
 
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REPORT PERIODS
Reports on academic performance of students are given at the end of each nine-week grading period. Interim marking period reports will be sent home for all students in the middle of the 1st and 3rd grading periods and may be sent home at other times.
 
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SCHEDULE CHANGES
Inclement weather may result in closing schools, delaying openings, or dismissing early. Schedule change information can be obtained by dialing 463-7386 or by listening to radio and television stations.  Alerts by way of the Honeywell Instant Alert System are also sent to phone numbers or email addresses as provided by subscribers.  The school division main website (http://www.rockbridge.k12.va.us) and the secondary website (http://www.rockbridgeschools.com) will display information concerning any school-wide closings or schedule changes.
  
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SCHOOL BOARD
School Board meetings, which are open to the public, are generally held at the Rockbridge County Administration Building, located at 150 S. Main Street, or at the School Division Administrative Offices, located at 1972 Big Spring Drive. Regular meeting time is 6:00 P.M. on the first Tuesday of each month. For information on agendas, time, and location, call Rhonda Humphries, the Clerk of the Board, at 463-7386.  Agendas and ancillary documents for current and previous board meetings are available at the Rockbridge County Public Schools BoardDocs website shown below:
  
http://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/rockva/Board.nsf/Public
 
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ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Elementary School :  Paramount to our commitment to students is an average class size of less than twenty (20) students in grades K-5. The curriculum emphasizes fundamental skills including an initiative to ensure that all students will read on grade level by the third grade.
 
Middle School:  Integrated instruction is enhanced by academic teams. Emphasis is placed on academic and social development as students prepare for transition to high school. In addition to a core curriculum students are encouraged to take advantage of offerings in music, technology, and foreign language. Interscholastic teams, intramural participation and clubs are a major part of the middle school concept.
 
High School:  A comprehensive high school offering a diverse curriculum of more than 100 courses prepares students for the finest colleges and universities, post-secondary technical training, and the workplace of the 21st century. Students benefit from honors and advanced placement courses, opportunities to earn credits through on-line courses, an extensive independent study program, and programs designed to prepare those with special needs. Opportunities exist for students wishing to explore their interest in music, fine arts, work study, and technology. Annual evaluation of academic performance and goals maintain flexibility of choice for students that allows for personal and academic growth.
 
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PARTNERSHIP WITH BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
The Rockbridge County Public Schools division benefits from a working relationship with area employers. The curriculum is reflective of employee needs in the modern workplace.  Local business and industry are generous in their scholarship support for continued post-secondary education of our graduates.
 
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SCHOOL BOARD GOALS
The School Board has adopted a set of goals that reflect its highest priorities at this time. These goals provide direction and focus for planning, budgeting, and establishing policies:
  
•  All schools will be fully accredited.
•  By 3rd grade, students will be independently reading and comprehending "on grade level".
•  The system will be able to attract and retain quality instructional personnel.
•  Instruction in each classroom will be designed to meet the learning needs of all students.
•  All school facilities will be clean, inviting, and updated.
•  Character development will be addressed systematically and intentionally throughout the grades.
•  Alternatives to suspensions will be used to teach responsibility and accountability.
•  Health and wellness will be promoted throughout the system.
•  Graduates will be prepared to be successful in work or college experiences.
 
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ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBERS
•  John Reynolds, Superintendent: 463-7386
•  Jack Donald, Assistant Superintendent: 463-7386
•  Cindy Crance, Instruction: 463-7386
•  Richard Patterson, Finance: 463-7386
•  Kirstie Campbell, Transportation: 463-5437
•  John Morris, Operations/Maintenance: 463-5437
•  Twila Brown, Special Education: 463-7386
  
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Declaration of Non-Discrimination: Rockbridge County Schools offer all programs and activities free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability or gender. Grievance procedures for any forms of discrimination are published in the Rockbridge County Policy Manual located in the public library, in each school and the school board office. Specific complaints under Title IX should be sent to the Assistant Superintendent; Section 504 complaints regarding discrimination should be sent to the Director of Special Education; all other discrimination complaints should be sent to the Superintendent. These persons may be reached at the Rockbridge County Schools Administrative Offices, 1972 Big Spring Drive, Lexington, VA 24450, or by calling (540) 463-7386.