Policies and Procedures
JCPS Student Support and Behavior Intervention Handbookbook (PDF)
We believe that in order for a student to learn properly, he or she must feel safe and secure and receive breakfast and/or lunch in order not to be hungry, and then the students can concentrate on learning for academic progress.
Emergency Safety Procedures
- Each month throughout the year, Farnsley staff and students practice emergency safety procedures and evacuation drills. Following each drill, the staff reflects upon what took place and reviews suggestions for improvement. Many staff members and students know we do not believe in the old adage that "practice makes perfect." We believe that practice may make permanent. Therefore if the procedures you practice are imperfect, they will not become perfect just because you practice them, but more permanent.
- Students and staff practice two fire drills within the first 30 days of school and at least one fire drill each month thereafter. Additionally, students and staff practice intruder alert lock-down drills, tornado drills, bomb threat drills, chemical release drills, etc.
- Each staff member, substitute staff member, and student must become knowledgeable on the safety procedures for Farnsley Middle School. These procedures are taken seriously.
- All Farnsley staff members wear identification badges. This helps all students identity and alert staff when they see someone in the building without a badge.
- All visitors (parents, service workers, etc.) and substitute teachers must sign in and wear an identification badge prior to coming into proximity with the student population. If a staff member or student sees someone in the building without an identification badge, they are to alert a Farnsley staff member or administrator immediately.
- We ask all parents and other visitors to cordially abide with our safety procedures. They are for the safety of (y)our children and for (y)our peace of mind. Thank you.
Cell Phone Policy
Cell phones and electronic devices are not to be used during the school day. The school day is defined as the time a student arrives on school grounds until the student leaves the school grounds.
Students electing to bring a cell phone to school must keep the cell phone in their locker—turned off—for the duration of the school day. Cell phones and electronic devices may only be used outside the building, after the completion of dismissal, or during after-school programs at the discretion of the coach or sponsor.
Consequences for having a cell phone during the day:
- If a cell phone or telecommunication device is seen, used, or heard, it will be confiscated for 30 days and administrative detention may be assigned.
- After the 30-day period, parents or guardians will be required to sign for and pick up the device from the appropriate assistant principal.
- If the cell phone or telecommunications device is not picked up by September of the following school year, it will be donated or recycled.
The confiscation consequence is in compliance with the policy of the Farnlsey Middle School's SBDM Council and Jefferson County Public Schools.
Farnsley Middle School will continue to implement our schoolwide behavior management system during the 2019-20 school year. A Wildcat Card for each grading period is included in the school handbook section of the agenda. It is the responsibility of the students to keep up with these Wildcat Cards and their Agendas. They must carry Agendas with them at all times and should bring them home daily. Replacement Agendas can be purchased in the Main Office for $10.
On the cards is the following key: D—Disrespect/Defiance, DB—Disruptive Behavior, HW—Missing/Incomplete, H—Hallway Behavior, M—Materials, G—Gum/Eating, T—Tardy, OT—OffTask, RR—Restroom, FD—Follow Directives, U—Out of Uniform, P—Profanity
If students commit an infraction of the behaviors mentioned above, they will receive a mark on the Wildcat Card. Students can possibly receive several marks in one class or throughout the day in several classes. (A mark is a teacher's initials with an abbreviation of the infraction recorded in the box.)
- Five marks for the week will result in a team detention.
- Seven marks for the week will result in a referral.
- Forgetting an Agenda/Wildcat Card will result in a team detention. A red replacement card will be issued for that day.
- Losing an Agenda/Wildcat Card will result in a team detention. A red replacement card will be issued until a new Agenda is purchased in the Main Office for $10 by the following Monday.
- Intentional removal/defacing/destruction of the Wildcat Card will result in a referral.
This system minimizes classroom disruptions and provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for their own behavior and their education. Furthermore, the Wildcat Card is a way for us to communicate with you on a regular basis concerning your child's school behavior. When looking over your child's agenda, we ask that you also review the Wildcat Card throughout the week as a way to check in with your child about behavior and progress in school. If you have any questions or concerns, please write a note in the Agenda, call the team leader, or send an email to one of the teachers on the staff page of this site. Thank you so much for your cooperation and support.