LITERACY NIGHT 3025
1. PHILOSOPHY AND RATIONALE
1.1 SCHEDULING SCHOOL, SPORTS AND EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
1.1.1 The Sevier School District Board of Education has thoughtfully analyzed education research and parental surveys related to the importance of parental involvement in a child’s education. As a result the Board has determined that it is in the best interest of students, parents, and school personnel, to designate one evening each week that will be free from activities sponsored by/or hosted at schools in the Sevier School District.
1.1.2 The Board of Education hereby finds that it is in the best interest of the school enterprise and the faculty, staff, parents and students that schools shall be closed one-week night each week. It is anticipated by the Board of Education that this period of time will be used by students and their families entirely as they see fit.
1.1.3 The Board of Education shall encourage staff to make available to students and families, materials that encourage parental involvement in their child's learning. The materials may include information on literacy, school performance, attendance, homework activities, and other important information related to the education of children and the positive use of extra curricular and other free time. The Board recommends that families use these materials on the designated night or at other times to enhance parental involvement in the children's learning.
2. LITERACY NIGHT POLICY
2.1 Schools shall be closed and school activities of the Sevier County School District will not be conducted or allowed to proceed after 6:30 p.m. on each Monday. "School activities" is intended to broadly include regular school instruction, extracurricular activities, athletic contests or practices, field trips, parent\teacher conferences, and any other endeavor where the attendance of a student, parent, and staff member is expected or required as a condition of competition or participation. School buildings will be closed and students shall be out of the buildings commencing at 6:30 p.m. each Monday. The only exception to the closure policy will be to individual staff performing normal school duties such as custodial staff. Individuals, administrators and faculty may have access to school buildings, but no faculty meetings or committee meetings are to be held. This policy shall take effect on August 21, 2003.
2.2 Exceptions to this policy will be granted only by express, specific, case-by-case approval of the superintendent of schools.