School Handbook

Santa Fe School

Randy Hubbell, Principal

Jerry Potts, Asst. Principal

(931) 682-2172

                       Kindergarten – 12th Grade

Student Handbook 2021/22




It is the policy of Maury County Public Schools and Santa Fe School that no person will be discriminated against, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, gender, marital status, disability, or disadvantage.




Message to the Students and Parents


            Welcome to Santa Fe School!  The administration, faculty, and staff look forward to this new school year.  Our school is an integral part of the Santa Fe community and has a history of outstanding academic and extracurricular accomplishments.  We look forward to continuing that tradition in 2021-2022.

                This handbook was written to inform you and your parents about our school.  Read it carefully and keep it available for reference throughout the school year.  The handbook answers many questions you may have about our expectations of student conduct, as well as our school policies and procedures.

                We encourage each student to be the best he or she can possibly be.  Have a great year at Santa Fe School!



The Administration, Faculty, and Staff of

                                                                                                                Santa Fe School



                                                 Mission Statement

Santa Fe School’s mission is changing minds, changing lives, changing the world.



  1. Student learning is the priority for our school. (Learning)
  2. All students can learn. (Learning)
  3. Each student is a valued individual with unique intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs.The school shares in the responsibility for meeting these needs. (Policy)
  4. Teachers, support staff, administrators, parents, students, and community members share in the responsibility for providing a safe, supportive learning environment within our school. (Policy)
  5. Clear goals and high expectations for student learning must guide the implementation of the curriculum and the design of instructional strategies and learning activities. (Decision-making)
  6. Students should communicate with clarity and purpose using a wide variety of communication skills.


  7. Students learn in different ways and must be provided with a variety of instructional approaches to

    support their learning. (Learning, Instruction)

  8. Frequent and on-going assessments of student learning provide students with a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their achievement and knowledge (Assessment)
  9. The commitment to continuous improvement is imperative if our school is going to enable students to become confident, self-directed, lifelong learners. (Policy)


Alma Mater

On the county’s western border, reared against the sky,

Proudly stands our Alma Mater as the years go by.

Forward ever be our watchword, conquer and prevail.

Hail to thee, our Alma Mater; Santa Fe, all hail.



School Emblem and Colors

                The wildcat is the school mascot and represents the fierce competitive spirit of our teams and students.  The school colors are black and gold.

History of Santa Fe School

                Santa Fe School’s roots are long and steady, surviving fires and hardships, experiencing growth and prosperity, and impacting the lives of countless people passing through its portals in a quest for education and foundation in life.  These same roots are embedded in the community and in the hearts of the citizens, making them proud to be a part of Santa Fe School.  The first school at the present site was Santa Fe College, a private co-educational college.  Public school was conducted in the Masonic Lodge building by a principal and one grade schoolteacher.  With the decline of the college, public education relocated to the present site and has since grown steadily.

In 1922 the wooden structure burned; in 1923 a new brick building housing grades one through ten was erected.   By 1929 Santa Fe became a four-year high school.  The school underwent remodeling and additions in 1954.  Additions also followed in 1962.  The last additions survived when the school burned again in the spring of 1964.  In 1996 thirteen rooms were added, the gym was remodeled, and the agricultural and home economics departments were renovated.  The middle school students moved into an eight-room addition in December 2005.  Two of these rooms were science labs.  A safe entrance and new suite of offices was completed in 2013.

Santa Fe School was the first school in Maury County to meet all the Goals 2000 criteria and in 1996-97 received an incentive award from the state.  In the spring of 1975 school personnel began efforts to become an accredited school.  In the spring of 1976, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools recommended Santa Fe School for accreditation.  We were the first K-12 school in the South to receive this honor.  Santa Fe has maintained these standards; in 2017 accreditation was again renewed. 


Guidelines For Students In All Grades


Arrival at School

                Students arriving at school must immediately come into the building.  The bus room opens at 7:15 each morning in the theater (grades K-5) and cafeteria (grades 6-12).  Students must go immediately to the theater or cafeteria if they arrive before 7:30 a.m.  The school day is from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  At 2:50 p.m. all students must leave the building and grounds unless they are under the direct supervision of a teacher or coach.

Persons dropping students off between 7:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. will use the bus loop for drop-off.

            No student should be dropped off before 7:15 a.m. unless attending detention when students may be dropped off at 7:00 a.m. on their assigned day.



                Students are considered tardy if they are not in the classroom at the 7:45 a.m. bell and are tardy to class if they are not in their seat when the class begins.  Students in K – 5 will have an administrative conference with student and parent at 5 unexcused tardies, will receive one day of ISS for tardy number six and will be referred to the School Truancy Review Board after their 7th tardy.  Students in 6 -12 will have an administrative conference with parent and student after their 3rd unexcused tardy.  On their 4th unexcused tardy, student will be assigned to one early morning detention and will be referred to the School Truancy Board on their 5th unexcused tardy.  On their 6th tardy, they will be assigned two days of early morning detention, on their 7th and 8th days they will be assigned to 3 days of early morning detention and on their 9th day they will be assigned to ISS, and on their 10th day they will be referred to the District Truancy Board.  On their 11th day, they will be assigned to two days of ISS and on their 12th day, they will go to ISS awaiting their referral to the Disciplinary Hearing Authority.

   Absences and Dismissals

                All students should bring a note to the school office within ten (10) days following any absence.  No absence will be excused without a note.  Once a student accumulates a total of five (5) or more unexcused absences, his/her parent/guardian will receive a truancy letter from the attendance supervisor at the Maury County Board of Education.

                Students may not leave their classrooms without the permission of the teacher or the office personnel.  After students have arrived on school property, they may not leave without permission from the office personnel.  Students leaving school at any time without permission are subject to disciplinary action.  For a student to leave early, he/she must have a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian, or the parent or guardian must pick the student up in person.  The principal does have the final authority to approve or disapprove early sign-outs. All students leaving early must sign the early dismissal book in the office and state his or her name, the time, date of dismissal, and the reason for early departure. A note addressing the early sign out should be brought in the next day. Students may not call to leave school unless it is an emergency or illness.  At 2:50 p.m. all students must leave the building and grounds unless they are under the direct supervision of a teacher.  By board policy and for the safety of our students, no student may sign out during the last 20 minutes of school (2:25-2:45 p.m.).  For a student to be signed out, the person must be listed on the emergency contact list.  Photo ID will be required for the safety of your child.



                Each student has established directions as to how he/she travels home each day.  These directions are established at the beginning of the year by the information on each student’s transportation form.  If there is to be any change to these plans, the parent/guardian must send a written note to school specifying the change and the date of the change.  The note must be turned into the office by 8:00 a.m. for approval.  For safety purposes, we cannot make transportation changes via telephone calls unless under extremely extenuating circumstances.


                If a child is riding the bus to the home of a friend or relative outside of their normal routine, he/she must:

  1. Be zoned for Santa Fe School.Students approved for out of zone are NOT allowed to ride the bus.Also, students who live within the walk zone of Santa Fe School are NOT allowed to ride the bus.
  2. Bring a note to school stating with whom they will be riding home.The note must include the name, address, and phone numbers for both students involved as well as the bus number they will be riding. Schools are required to fax these notes to the Transportation division for approval.After having been approved or denied, the notes are faxed back to Santa Fe School.The student riding to the alternate location will bring the bus note to the office before the first class of the day and pick the bus note up in the office at the end of the school day.The student then will give the note to the bus driver.


Bus Students

                All students riding the bus shall abide by the policies that have been set by the Maury County Board of Education.  The bus driver is in complete charge of the bus.  Students who cannot abide by the rules lose the privilege of riding.  It is imperative that students remain quiet and orderly while on the bus since their health and safety depend on this.  A bus driver has a great responsibility and needs support, not criticism.  The bus driver has the right to assign seats to any or all students to maintain proper order and discipline.  Out of zone students are not permitted to ride to or from school on county school buses.


Car Riders

                For their safety, elementary car riders MUST be picked up in the car rider loop.  To exit the front of the building, a high school student sharing a mutual ride must accompany them.  Middle school students are not allowed to escort elementary students across the highway but may escort them to the bus/middle school car loop.  Middle school students riding with elementary students may catch their ride in the car rider loop. If you have a change involving car rider pick up, please send a note. If you are sending someone else to pick up your child, please make them aware of your car rider number. If your child is riding home with someone else, please send a note with all pertinent information.  For safety purposes, we cannot make transportation changes via telephone calls unless under extremely extenuating circumstances.



                                Lunches are available at no cost to the students.  All students will go to the lunchroom with their class and stay in the lunchroom until their supervising teacher escorts them back to the classroom.  Students may be assigned seats by the cafeteria monitors. 

                Those students who bring lunches from home must keep them in their lockers until the lunch block.  Food and drink are not to be taken out of the cafeteria.  No glass bottles may be brought into the cafeteria.  Maury County Board Policy 3.500 states, “Students will be permitted to bring their lunches from home and to purchase beverages and incidental items at school.  Students will not be permitted to have lunches brought from outside food service facilities or restaurants to be consumed in the cafeteria.” Drink and snack machines are made unavailable during breakfast and lunch due to Federal School Lunch Guidelines.


Note:  Those who apply for free or reduced lunch need to only turn in one application per family.

Regarding the school nutrition program: “In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer”



Returned Checks

All checks returned to Santa Fe School from the bank because of insufficient funds (NSF), closed account, or any other reason will be subject to a $25.00 NSF fee (fee may change).  To resolve a check that has been returned, please contact the Bookkeeper at the school to plan arrangements.  In the event of a second returned check, future payments to the school must be in cash or money order.



The high school Advisory period is 4th Block, 12:19 – 1:19.  .  Seniors who have scored a composite score of 21 on the ACT test will be allowed to leave campus during the lunch period with parent approval. 

Seniors will take the ACT in October and when scores come in, arrangements can be made to take advantage of the privilege provided the requirements are met.

Juniors will take the ACT in March and when scores come in, arrangements can be made to take advantage of the privilege provided the requirements are met.





Positive Schoolwide Behavior

RTI2-B refers to a three-tiered model of support and prevention.  Students will be taught school-wide expectations, and students will be able to practice these expectations.  In addition to behavior specific praise, students may receive a PAWS ticket when observed engaging in the expected behaviors.  Tickets should be accumulated and spent for special rewards including activities and/or prizes.

Santa Fe Unit School’s purpose is to use the RTI2-B to improve our school culture and climate.  Our goal is to acknowledge students for displaying PAWS:

                Personal Best

                Always responsible

                Work and play safely

                Show respect

We want our students to be proud to be a part of Santa Fe School and its community.

Student Behavior and General Procedures

                The following behaviors are prohibited and may result in various disciplinary actions, including out-of-school suspension, confiscation, ISS, detention, Saturday school, referral to DHA, or remand to the Alternative School:


 1.            Fighting, stealing, gambling, cheating

 2.            Indecent, immoral, or lewd behavior; profane, obscene, or vulgar language or gestures

 3.            Fondling, hugging, kissing, or holding hands

 4.            Truancy and/or tardiness

 5.            Attempting to incite another student to misconduct

 6.            Disobedience, impertinence, or defiance of faculty or staff members

 7.            Bullying/harassment of other students

 8.            Misbehavior on the bus

 9.            Skipping school or class

10.          Use, possession or distribution of alcohol or drugs

11.          Possession of a cell phone, electronic pager, laser pointer, electronic game or toys, other electronic devices etc. during school hours

12.          Possession or use of a weapon or a dangerous instrument

13.          Violence or threatened violence against employees or students attending the school

14.          Theft or willful damage to school, employee, or students’ property

15.          Any act which is detrimental to a good school environment

16.          Repeated and chronic violations of school or classroom policies

17.          Giving or receiving information on a test or assignment.

18.          Using a locker that has not been assigned to them by the office.  No sharing or trading of lockers is allowed.  Students are only allowed to use one locker even if no one is assigned the empty locker.

19.          Maury County Board Policy states that students who use or possess drugs, a gun, or assault a school

employee will automatically be remanded to the College Hill Alternative School for one (1) calendar

year.  For additional information, refer to Maury County Public Schools Code of Student Rights,

Responsibilities, Rules, and Due Process Procedures.  This is the booklet students receive at the beginning of the school year from the office of the Director of Pupil Services.  It can be found on the MCPS website.

20.          Middle school students should move through the high school area in a timely manner and refrain from mingling with high school students.  High school students should refrain from mingling with middle school students.  High school students should also avoid blocking the hallway and hindering movement through the area.

21.          ALL students who attend Santa Fe School are under the supervision of ALL adults in the building.




1.            Student’s misbehavior will be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the teacher and/or the principal, assistant principal, or designee.  The discipline policies of the Maury County School System Code of Discipline and Behavior MCBOE policy 6.300 will be followed.

2.            Students may be given detention before school, during school or detained after school by an individual teacher to make up work or as a disciplinary measure.  When students are assigned a detention, before or after school, they will be given adequate notice to arrange for transportation.  Failure to arrive on time to early morning detention (before the 7:00 a.m. bell) will result in further disciplinary actions. Students will report to the office for early morning detention.

 3.            A written record is kept of all students sent to the office for disciplinary action.

 4.            In-school Alternative Setting:  The school principal, assistant principal, or designee may place a student in the in-school alternative setting. Parents will be notified when their children are placed on in-school for more than one day.  Students will work on lessons they are missing while in the in-school alternative setting, as well other appropriate assignments.

 5.            Alternative school:  A student may be referred to the Disciplinary Hearing Authority or the College Hill

                Alternative School by the principal, assistant principal, or designee when deemed necessary.  Such               referrals may result from behavior problems, attendance problems, etc. under the policies of the Maury

                County School System.

6.            Saturday School is a disciplinary option, which may be used by the principal, assistant principal, or designee for students.  Saturday School is held at Santa Fe School.  Notification of Saturday School will be mailed to the parent or guardian.  Note: This program is subject to funding.

 7.            Out-of-school suspension:  The school principal, assistant principal, or designee may suspend a                    student out-of-school for discipline under the Maury County School System’s policies.  Parents will be

                notified within 24 hours.


Dress Code

                “Maury County Schools recognizes the effect which student dress and grooming has upon student behavior and commitment to learning.  We further recognize the role of parents in assisting their children in making appropriate choices regarding clothing, accessories, and personal appearance.  To maintain an atmosphere conductive to learning and to prepare students for working environments, Maury County Schools requires that all students, grades K-12, exercise good taste regarding their personal appearance.  Attire considered disruptive or risky to health or safety is not appropriate.

                The following rules concerning dress and grooming are mandatory to students in elementary, middle and high school grades.


Definition of Standard School Attire Includes the Following:

Acceptable Attire in Maury County Schools

  1. Pants, shorts, Capri pants, skirts, skorts, jeans, or jumpers in any colors.
  2. Shirts with short or long sleeves and in any color or pattern.
  3. No clothing shall be modified.
  4. Sweaters will be allowed in any pattern or color worn over an approved school shirt.
  5. Sweatshirts will be allowed in any pattern or color.
  6. Appropriate t- shirts, sweatshirts, and jackets may be worn.


General Requirements

                1.             The Standard School Attire policy will be in effect during the school year, intersession and summer                 program.

                2.             Students will wear clothing of appropriate size. Appropriate sizes are defined as no more than one size smaller or one size larger than the student’s actual clothing size.  Pants, shorts, capri pants, skorts, jeans, or skirts must fit at the waist and must not sag or bag.  (Sagging is defined as bottom wear being worn below the waistline.)  (Bagging is defined as bottom wear being worn not size appropriate.)

        3.             Appropriate clothing must cover the student from the shoulders to three inches above the knee.


Bottom Wear

  1. Full-length pants and jeans, cropped pants, and capri pants are permitted.

                2.             Pants, shorts, skirts and skorts must be worn at the waist.

        3.             Shorts, jumpers, dresses, skirts or skorts in any color or pattern may be worn but must be no shorter than 3” above the top of the knee.

        4.             Leggings, yoga pants, and tights in any color or pattern may be worn as long as worn under a shirt, shorts, skirt, pants, jeans, or skorts that covers to at least three inches above the knee.


Top Wear

  1. Shirts or dresses with short or long sleeves in any color or pattern are acceptable.
  2. Chests and midriffs must be covered.Blouse/shirt material must not be see through.



1.             Standard Footwear (shoes, boots, athletic shoes, and sandals with or without a thong between the toes) may be worn.

2.             House shoes or skate shoes will not be allowed.

3.             Laces on shoes or sneakers must be tied.


Additional Clothing

A single blazer, suit jacket, vest, cardigan, windbreaker, or light jacket is permitted as a garment that may be worn over the Standard Attire top.  These garments must be sized according to the General Requirements section of this policy and must not extend below the hips. 


Special Situations

                1.             Schools may develop and promote special dress for students at the discretion of the school administration (i.e. Homecoming, School Spirit, etc.)

                2.             If a student cannot comply with the standardized dress code based on religious beliefs or medical       reasons, his or her parent or guardian may write a letter explaining the situation to the school principal with a copy to the Director of Schools.  Approval or denial will be determined on an individual case-by-case basis.

                3.             School standard attire will be the minimum policy for students in Career and Technical Education Classes.  Career and Technical teachers may extend the policy to include apparel and footwear required by safety rules of each shop or lab.


Standard School Attire Prohibitions

                1.             No bare midriffs are allowed, and tops will not reveal cleavage.

                2.             Ripped, cut, or torn clothing may be worn as long as there is a layer of fabric or patches underneath.  In addition, no see-through clothing may be worn.

                3.             Coats may be worn entering or exiting of the building.  Coats shall not be worn in the classroom                       during the day.  The administration will announce exceptions to the guidelines if facilities indicate the need.

                4.             Logos or manufacturers’ trademarks with writing or images of substances that are illegal for teens (i.e., drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products) or are otherwise offensive, lewd, indecent, vulgar, obscene, profane, gang-related or constitute racial or ethnic slurs may not be worn.

                5.             Writings, symbols, or logos may not be vulgar, obscene, or disruptive to the school environment or derogatory to any individual or group. (Including but not limited to scrolling belt buckles.)

                6.             Chains, spiked accessories and belt buckles with concealed weapons are not permissible. 

                7.             Any type of clothing or personal item bearing reference to alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, drugs, drug-related slogans, and/or any other wording, drawing pictures, logos, etc., which in any way can be interpreted as being suggestive, obscene, or offensive are not allowed.

                8.             “Gang” related slogans, names, apparel, etc., are not allowed.

                9.             All students are required to wear their hair in such a manner that is not considered unkempt, unclean, or impairing vision. 

                10.          Hats, bandanas, hoods worn on head, sweatbands, curlers, rollers, gloves, or sunglasses will not be allowed except for medical reasons.

                11.          Jewelry ornaments or accessories which distract from the educational process or which present a safety concern will not be allowed.  Body-piercing jewelry or accessories are not allowed except to the ears and nose.

                12.          Extreme facial makeup that is disruptive to the educational environment will not be allowed.

                13.          Leggings, yoga pants, and tights are not considered outerwear and may only be worn under a shirt, shorts, skirt, pants, jeans, or skorts that covers to at least three inches above the knee.


Standard School Attire Provisions

               1.              Students participating in the JROTC program of their school may wear their JROTC uniform on days designated by the school.

                2.             Approved head coverings worn as a part of a student’s bona fide religious practices or beliefs shall not be prohibited under this policy.

                3.             There will be a different reinforced standard attire expectation at the discretion of the Principal of the alternative school and Northfield Academy.


                                                            Field Trips

Field trips are scheduled through the office and must be approved by the Central Office.  Students must have signed permission from a parent or guardian with emergency contact numbers to go on a field trip.  Special conditions or requirements to participate may be enforced that relate to discipline, attendance, and grades.  Any special requirements will be made public well in advance of the field trip or event.



                                                       504 Notice

         It is the policy of the Maury County School System to provide a free and appropriate public education to all handicapped students within its jurisdiction, regardless of the type of handicap or its severity.  Students who are handicapped consistent with the definitions set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 will be identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate instruction and educational services.  If a parent/legal guardian thinks his/her child has a handicap, which affects his/her education, he/she should contact the 504-contact person at Santa Fe School.  This person is elementary guidance counselor, Ms. Erin Bean.

         The Section 504 contact person for Maury County Schools is Director of Pupil Services.  The Director of Pupil Services may be contacted at (931) 388-8403 Ext.114




         In accordance with all state and federal acts regarding homelessness, Maury County Board of Education has appointed the Director of Pupil Services, 201 W. 8th Street, Columbia, TN 38401 - Phone Number 931-388-8403, ext. 114 to serve as liaison to the homeless community.  The Director of Pupil Services shall ensure that homeless children and youth enroll in and are given every opportunity for success in school, and that such children and youth and their families receive the educational services for which they are eligible.


                                                                                Media Use Information

         Throughout the year, Maury County Public Schools will take photographs and videos of students for promotion and publication. The use of photographs is for public relations purposes to promote our students, their accomplishments, their participation in school events and news in general. Students may be identified by their first and last names. Examples of use by Maury County Public Schools include, but are not limited to, posting on the school website, posting on the district website, posting on the district Facebook page and inclusion in digital slide shows at the school or Central Office.

         You may opt out of having your child appear in photographs and videos promoting events, celebrations, accomplishments, and news in general. To opt out, please write to your child’s school with the request that he/she should not be photographed, filmed, or identified for media purposes.  



                The library is for reading, studying, and research.  Books may be checked out for one week and renewed for an additional week.  Exceptions are at the discretion of the librarian.  Reference books may not be removed from the library.  A student is responsible for all books checked out in his or her name and will be required to pay for lost or destroyed books.  Additional books may not be checked out until fees for lost, destroyed, or overdue books are paid.

                The memorial/honorarium program is an option for you to support the school and enable us to provide new material for our students.  If anyone wishes to honor his child, his child’s teacher, or anyone else, a book can be given in honor of that person.  Please send a check to the school, along with the information about who is to be honored, and who has given the book.  A bookplate will be placed in the front of the book with this information.  The same thing can be done as a memorial when someone dies.  Notification will be sent to the family that this memorial has been given.  Please contact the librarian for pricing information.



Medication can only be dispensed by certified faculty or staff members.  Medical forms for dispensing prescription medication or over-the-counter medication are available in the office and must be completed by a parent and/or doctor.


Guidelines for Prescription Medication: (**This includes asthma inhalers.**)

  1. Medical forms are available in the office.  The student’s doctor MUST fill out the form specifying the dosage

        and time the medication is to be given to the student.

  1. The medical form is for medications that are to be given four (4) times a day. 
  2. Medications such as antibiotics that are to be given three (3) times a day may be given at home in the

       morning, after school hours, and again before bedtime; but are not allowed at school. 

  1. We do not dispense medications that are administered three (3) times a day. 

Guidelines for Over-the-Counter Medication:  (See MCBOE policy book for guidelines.)

  1. The student has a temporary condition (new braces, ankle sprain, etc).
  2. Over-the-counter medication forms are available in the office.
  3. Over-the-counter medication must be a new unopened original container labeled with the student’s first

       and last name.

  1. If medications are liquid, the parent must provide a spoon or container to dispense the medication.
  2. For a child to consume cough drops, a parent note must be initialed by an administrator and turned into the teacher.

A copy of the Maury County Board of Education Policy can be sent to you at your request.  Santa Fe School has a

part-time registered nurse that can assist students with medical needs.


Pediculosis (Head Lice)

Maury County Board of Education Code 6.4031

                No student will be denied an education solely by reason of head lice infestation and his educational

program shall be restricted only to the extent necessary to minimize the risk of transmitting the infestation. It shall be the responsibility of the principal or school nurse to notify the parents in the event a child has pediculosis (head lice).  A letter will be brought home by the child to explain the condition, requirements for readmission and deadlines for satisfactory completion of the treatment.  Upon exclusion, satisfactory evidence must be submitted to school personnel that the student has been treated for pediculosis (head lice).  This evidence may include but may not be limited to:

                                (1) proof of treatment with a pediculicide product (head lice shampoo); and

                                (2) satisfactory examination by a school health official.

                Treatment and prevention procedures will be developed by the Director of Schools/designee/school nurse and distributed to all classroom teachers.  Any subsequent incidents of head lice for that student during the school year will require submission of satisfactory evidence of treatment and examination by a school official.  A student will be expected to have met all requirements for treatment and return to school no later than two (2) days following exclusion for head lice.  All days in excess of the allowable period will be marked as unexcused and referred to the attendance supervisor at the proper time.


Principal’s List and Honor Roll

The Principal’s List is comprised of students having an average of 93 or above in each subject taken during the grading period.  The Honor Roll list is comprised of students having an average of 85 or above in each subject taken during the grading period.   These students receive recognition by having their names posted on social media.


Prohibited Materials

1.             Radios, CD and tape players, MP3 players, iPods, CD’s and tapes, tape recorders, cameras, pagers, beepers, electronic games, etc.

2.             Pornographic material

3.             All tobacco and alcohol products

4.             Electronic cigarettes or vapes

5.             Weapons of any description

6.             Non-prescription, prescription or illegal drugs

7.             Food and drinks except in designated areas

8.             Baseball cards or any type of trading cards or playing cards


39-17-1505. Prohibited purchases or possession by minors – Penalties

                a.             It is unlawful for a person who has not attained eighteen (18) years of age to possess a tobacco

product, to purchase or accept receipt of a tobacco product, or to present or offer to any person any purported proof of age which is false, fraudulent, or not actually that person’s own for the purpose                 of purchasing or receiving any tobacco product.

b.             Any person who violates this section shall be issued a citation by a law enforcement officer or

school principal who has evidence of the violation.  The citation shall require the person to appear in the juvenile court for the county in which the violation is alleged to have occurred.  At the time of issuance of the citation, the tobacco product shall be seized as contraband by the law enforcement officer or school principal.

Please refer to the white Maury County Public Schools Student Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, Rules, and Due Process Procedures that is given to students at the beginning of each school year for information concerning Board Policy 6.304 Student concerns, complaints, and Grievances; Policy 6.305 discrimination/Harassment of Students; and Policy 6.312 Use of Personal Communication Devices at School.



PTSO meetings are scheduled throughout the year and are held at 6:00 p.m. in the theatre.  The first PTSO meeting for the year will be held in August. 

                Parents and students are encouraged to become members of the PTSO and to participate in all the projects that are undertaken by the organization. 


Standardized Testing Schedule

                Santa Fe School conducts an extensive testing program as mandated by the school system and the Tennessee Department of Education.  Listed below are the tests administered each year.  RTI benchmark testing for K-8th grade will be done three times a year.


                Date                                        Test                                                                                         Grade

                September                            ASVAB                                                                                    11 -12

                October                                 ACT                                                                                         12

                March                                    ACT                                                                                         11

                April/May                              TCAP Achievement Test                                                     3-8

                May                                        End-of-Course Assessment                                                9-12

            Summer                                 End-of-Course                                                                      9-12


Exams and Exam Exemptions

All middle school and high school teachers must give exams for all classes at the end of each semester at the times designated on the exam schedule. The exams count to 25% of the final grade and if an End-of-Course test is given, counting up to 25% of the final grade according to state law, an assessment must also be given in that class on exam day and count as a major test or project grade.

Exam exemptions and guidelines are determined by the Central Office.  At the time of this printing, that determination has not been communicated.  Santa Fe School will work to get that information out as soon as possible.



A school fee is charged for students in grades K-12.  Each grade level, K-12, may require workbooks or materials in various subjects.  Parents will be notified of the specific needs and costs.  We ask all parents to be aware of your child’s school supply needs throughout the school year to ensure that he/she is prepared for classes each day.


The office telephone is to be used for school business only.  Student use of the telephone is by permission of office personnel in the event of sickness or an emergency.  Students will not be allowed to use the phone for any other reason, including forgotten homework or projects.  Students will not be called to the phone from class except in case of an emergency call from a parent or a guardian.  Please limit incoming calls to emergencies or urgent messages.  Due to the number of students at the school, we cannot guarantee that all messages will be relayed. Students are not allowed to use teacher phones.




Students are responsible for the care of their textbooks and computers.  Students are assigned specific texts for the school year, and the condition of each book is recorded.  If more than expected normal wear occurs or the textbook is lost, charges will be assessed, and payment must be made for report cards to be released or books to be issued the following term.  Questions about the condition of textbooks should be brought to the school’s attention when issued.


Santa Fe School will conduct random searches including, but not limited to the following types:

T.C.A 49-6-4204. Search of lockers

When individual circumstances in a school dictate it, a principal may order that vehicles parked on school property by students or visitors, containers, packages, lockers or other enclosures used for storage by students or visitors, and other areas accessible to students or visitors be searched in the principal’s presence or in the presence of other members of the principal’s staff.


T.C.A. 49-6-4205. Search of persons and containers

                A student may be subject to physical search because of the results of a locker search, or because of information received from a teacher, staff member, student, or other person if such action is reasonable to the administration.


T.C.A. 49-6-4207. Use of metal detectors

                To facilitate a search which is found to be necessary of students, school visitors, containers or packages, metal detectors and other devices designed to indicate the presence of dangerous weapons, drug paraphernalia or drugs may be used in searches, including hand-held models which are passed over or around a student’s or visitor’s body.


T.C.A. 49-6-4208. Use of animals

                To facilitate a search which is found to be necessary, dogs or other animals trained to detect drugs or dangerous weapons by odor or otherwise may be used in conducting searches.


Our school building and property are always being audio and/or videotaped.



Santa Fe School will continue to use the Raptor Visitor Management System and will implement the new Access Control Manager System.  Visitors to our building will be required to enter the school through the main office entrance.  The Access Control Call box is on the right of the entrance doors and all visitors will gain entrance by being recognized through the ACMS.

Any visitor to our building (i.e. lunch with child, visiting classroom, visiting guidance, signing out child) will be required to present a valid driver’s license or government issued ID. Visitors will be required to present their ID when recognized by the ACM system.  All visitors will need to sign out through the office before exiting the building.

 Raptor Technologies is the nation’s leading visitor management system and protects over 8,000 schools by issuing instant sex offender and custody alerts while tracking visitors, students, faculty, and volunteers.

Only a parent or grandparent will be allowed to visit a student during lunch.  Exceptions will be made for pre-school siblings in the care of the visiting parent or grandparent.  When a parent or grandparent visits a student during lunch they will wait in the cafeteria for the student and will not go to the classroom.  Those who eat lunch with their child will be assigned another table away from other students.

Office permission is needed for classroom visitation.  Conferences with teachers should be arranged with the individual teachers and can be arranged after 2:45 p.m. on school days.  Several parent conference days are scheduled throughout the school year and we strongly urge parents to attend and to check on their child’s progress.




Withdrawal from School

                Students withdrawing from school must clear all records before leaving.  Textbooks and library books must be turned in and all charges paid at that time. No student will be allowed to enroll in another Maury County school without a withdrawal form signed by a Santa Fe School official.  This form states that all books have been returned and any fees or cafeteria charges have been cleared.  If you withdraw, please take this student agenda book to your new school.


Guidelines for Middle and High School Students

End-of-Course Assessment

                End of Course Exams, TNReady, will be given in Algebra I and II, Geometry, Biology, English I and II, and US History.  According to state law, the End-of-Course exams will count 25% of the final grade for the class.                                                              



Using the following scale, the individual teacher will determine each nine-week grade:


Academic Grades 3-12                                                                                                                                                                                       A             4.0          93 - 100                                                                

                B              3.0          85 - 92                                                                  

                C              2.0          75 - 84

                D             1.0          70 - 74

                F              0.0          Below 70


                The best report of a student’s progress is a parent-teacher conference.  Report cards are issued at the end of each nine-week grading period to the parent on conference days and are issued to the students on non-conference grading periods.  The student is also issued a progress report at the end of four and one-half weeks during the nine-week grading period.  This progress report is to be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the student’s homeroom teacher on the following day after issuance.  These reports plus parent attendance at conferences help the parents stay updated on the student’s progress in the various classes.


School Counselor Program

There will be a school counselor employed to work with students.  The counselor will be available during the school day for individual and group counseling with students or parent consultation.  Some major objectives of the school counselor program are to assist individual students with personal, academic, and social problems and to aid in formulating realistic educational and vocational plans.  Parental inquiries about curriculum, career choices, scholarships, school problems, and other areas are welcomed.

The school counselor department maintains current college catalogs, technical school information, and materials pertaining to the armed services.  Students may check these materials out.  Career information is also available in the school counselor office.  There are many occupational guides for checkout in the school library and on many computers throughout the school.

The school counselor department maintains current information and applications for lottery and other scholarships, ACT, and government grants and loans.  It also conducts the ACT testing each spring as mandated by the State DOE.



Senior Experience

Several days throughout the year will be designated as Senior Experience Days.  Seniors can use those days to job shadow, work with a mentor or visit a school or program for post- graduation consideration.  Guidelines and specific dates for the Senior Experience Days will be made available along with permission slips.


High School Graduation

                Prior to entering the ninth grade, all students will develop a plan of focused and purposeful study.  Students, parents, and a faculty advisor or guidance counselor will jointly prepare this plan, choosing one career cluster for emphasis.  The plan of study will be reviewed annually by the student and faculty advisor and/or guidance counselor and may be revised to reflect changes in the student’s interests and career goals.  Various types of assessments (classroom performance and standardized testing results) will also be used when making and reviewing the plan of study.


Graduation Requirements

                For students entering the ninth grade, 22 credits are required for graduation. Students must complete 4 units in English; 4 units in math including Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry; 3 units in science including chemistry or physics; 2 units of a foreign language; 1.5 credits in PE/Wellness; .5 credits in Personal Finance; 1 unit in fine arts; 3 units in social studies; and 3 units in a focus area such as technical classes.

                Students must meet all graduation requirements, must not owe the school any debt, and must have completed all owed discipline to be able to participate in the graduation ceremony.


Tennessee Scholars Program

                Students wanting to graduate as a “Tennessee Scholar,” with special recognition at graduation, must meet the same requirements as those on the college path with these added requirements: Senior year of math at a level higher than Bridge Math, three Laboratory Science classes with Chemistry required, and at least two courses completed in a focus area path.  They must also maintain at least a “C” average in Scholars classes (not electives), be present at least 95% of the required attendance days, contribute at least eighty hours of community service while in high school, and have no suspensions out of school.



          Lockers and other storage areas are school property and are subject to search.  T.C.A. 49-6-4204.  Students are to use the locker they are assigned and may not share or swap lockers with other students.  Do not write on or in lockers or use tape, stickers, or glue on lockers.  Magnets are acceptable.  Santa Fe School is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.  .


                Freshmen are not allowed to drive to school or park a car in the parking lot.  All students who drive motorized vehicles or bicycles to school must park in the assigned student parking areas.  Each vehicle will require a parking permit, which must be obtained from the school office. Students must show a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance to purchase a parking permit.  Each vehicle must be parked in its assigned space.  Vehicles found on campus that are parked without a parking pass visible from the front of the vehicle or parked in areas other than those designated (including the church parking lot) will be subject to towing at the expense of the operator.  The school administration may revoke a student’s parking permit for excessive misconduct, poor attendance and numerous tardies. Vehicles are subject to search at any time while on school property.  Santa Fe School is not responsible for damage to vehicles parked on school grounds.  Students should keep off the grass in the parking area and refrain from littering the area.  Loitering in cars on campus is prohibited.  Students arriving at school must immediately come into the school building.  Students arriving on school property may not leave without permission from the office.  Students arriving before 7:30 a.m. must go to the bus room.  Unless leaving, students will not be allowed to go to vehicles during the school day without first obtaining permission from the office or SRO. New parking permits may not be issued once all available parking spaces have been assigned for the school year.

                Students who drive to school and do not park their vehicle on school property will not be allowed, under any circumstances, to go to their vehicles during the remainder of the school day.  If they are a junior or senior who qualifies to leave during lunch, they must be parked on, leave and return to school property.

            Persons dropping students off between 7:15 and 7:45 a.m. are NOT TO USE THE BUS LOOP IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING OR DRIVE THROUGH THE STUDENT PARKING LOT!



            The Junior-Senior Prom is a dance traditionally given by the junior class as a gift to the senior class.  This event is for members of the junior and senior classes and their dates only.  No other students may attend.  Juniors and seniors will be asked to tell who their prom date will be when obtaining tickets.  There is to be no “date swapping.” Anyone bringing a date that is not a student at Santa Fe is expected to sign a date application form.  This form states that the date must follow the rules and policies of SFS while attending the prom.  The student bringing that date is accountable for the date’s behavior. Those attending the prom must be prepared to show identification at the door.  Clothing for the prom must be in good taste.   Clothing that is in poor taste will not be tolerated.  Anyone in violation of these policies will be asked to leave the prom. Parents are welcomed for pictures before prom and during the preliminary activities.  Once the prom begins, any student leaving the building will not be readmitted.  This measure is a safety precaution for Santa Fe students and their guests.


Student Organizations

It is the policy of Maury County Public Schools and Santa Fe School that no person will be discriminated against, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, gender, marital status, disability, or disadvantage.

                Club membership is encouraged at Santa Fe School, but it is a privilege. Clubs have specific requirements for membership and those will be stated at the beginning of each school year.  It is the student’s responsibility to follow the rules outlined by the club sponsor throughout the year in all activities and field trips.  Failure to do so may result in expulsion from that club and may prevent the student from participating in other clubs the following year.


Senior Beta Club

                The Santa Fe Beta Club is an integral part of the National Beta Club headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C.  The purpose of the club is to promote the ideals of honesty, service, and leadership among high school students and to reward academic achievement.

                Members must maintain high grades and satisfactory deportment.  Failure in either area will result in a period of probation or permanent dismissal from the club.  The principal of the school is the executive head of the Beta Club, and all activities are subject to her approval.


Junior Beta Club

                The Santa Fe Chapter of the National Junior Beta Club is a non-profit, leadership-service club for grades 6-8.  The purposes of the club are to encourage effort, to reward merit, and to promote those qualities of character that develop good citizenship.  Invitations to join the Junior Beta Club are based on the students maintaining high grades and satisfactory deportment.




                The mission of the Future Business Leaders of America is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.  FBLA members must be currently enrolled or have taken keyboarding at the high school level.  Members must also pay yearly dues.


FCA & Middle School FCA

                The purpose of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is to present to students and all whom they influence the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.  It is an organization based on the belief that those who serve are more blessed than those whom they serve.  Some of the service projects in which the FCA participates are a goods drive for the Adult Protective Services, Christmas presents for needy children, Christmas presents for Adult Protective Services, and an Easter egg hunt for all elementary students.  Members must pay annual dues.



The primary aim of the FFA is the development of agricultural leadership, cooperation, and citizenship. 

The specific purposes for which this organization was formed are as follows:

                1.             To develop competent, aggressive, rural and agricultural leadership

                2.             To create and nurture a love of country life

                3.             To create more interest in the intelligent choice of agricultural occupation

4.             To encourage members in the development of agricultural programs and the establishment of farming enterprises

                5.             To encourage members to improve the farm home and its surroundings

                6.             To participate in worthy undertaking for the improvement of agriculture

                7.             To develop character, train for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism

                8.             To participate in cooperative effort

                9.             To encourage and practice thrift

                10.          To provide and encourage the development of organized rural recreational activities



                HOSA is a student organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.  The HOSA club sponsors American Red Cross blood drives throughout the year, participates in activities such as Autism Awareness and visits the skilled nursing unit. Any student can join and must pay annual dues.


Interact Club

                Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14-18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance. Santa Fe Interact is sponsored by Columbia Breakfast Rotary. Interact provides opportunities to make new friends, improve your community, develop leadership skills, and make a difference in the world.


Middle School Book Club

Middle School Book Club promotes interest and excitement in reading, as well as interest in reading for both academic and recreational purposes.  Membership is ongoing during the school year.  Members read books, write journal entries, have oral discussions, role-play, and perform hands-on related activities that take place in a social, interactive setting.  Members also communicate via the Internet with authors and other schoolbook club members.  Community authors are asked to be guests.


Middle School/High School Student Council

Student Council is a representative structure for students only, through which they can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students.  They help raise funds for school-wide activities, including social events, community projects, and helping people in need.


Key Club

Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.




Green Team

       Green Team focuses on helping our school and grounds become more environmentally friendly. School recycling program, starting a school garden, up-cycling projects, stem activities, guest speakers.... all designed to learn more about our environment and what we can do to make it better.


Pep Club               

        We are in the process of attempting to develop SFUS Pep Club.  We will check on interest when school begins.  Pep club members will assist in creating school spirit and culture.  Details to follow.



Athletic Teams

                According to the guidelines set up by the TSSAA, students participating in athletic contests and teams must meet the following requirements:


Article II, Section 1(a)

To be eligible to participate in athletic contests during any school year, a student must earn five credits in the preceding school year if less than 24 credits are required for graduation or six credits the preceding school year if 24 or more credits are required for graduation.  All credits must be earned by the first day of the beginning of the school year.  Academic eligibility for a student is based on the requirements of the school the student was attending at the conclusion of the previous school year.  Students who are ineligible first semester may gain eligibility second semester by passing three blocks (one credit per block) or the equivalent during the first semester.

A student must be enrolled before the 20th school day of the semester, in regular attendance, and carrying at least three full courses during the present semester.  A student must not have attended a high school with grades 9-12 for more than eight semesters.  In order for a transfer student with an athletic record to be eligible at another school there must be a bona fide change of residence by the athlete’s parents.  All transfer students must be approved by the executive secretary of TSSAA before participation in any game.  A student whose name is listed on the school eligibility report cannot participate in an independent game or meet until the season has closed in the particular sport.  A registered athlete cannot accept money for athletic skills in any TSSAA sponsored sport.  An athlete may accept a medal, trophy, high school letter, sweater, jacket, blazer, or blanket for athletic participation but nothing else of commercial value.  These awards must carry the school letter or other appropriate award emblem. The athlete or his parents must pay all expenses to an athletic camp where specialized instruction is offered.  Students must maintain deportment standards set by the administration and coaches.”


Middle School Athletics – TMSAA guidelines were instituted beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year and will continue to be followed by all middle school athletics.


Any information in this handbook is subject to change based on changes made by the Maury County Board of Education

after the handbook has been printed.



It is the policy of Maury County Public Schools and Santa Fe School that no person will be discriminated against, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, gender, marital status, disability, or disadvantage.

For more information, call 931-682-2172.