School Handbook

The Lake Ridge Student Handbook is a great resource for both students and parents to learn about our policies, procedures and programs. Our handbook was produced to promote understanding between home and school. We encourage you to read it and to use it throughout the year to answer questions about Lake Ridge.

It's essential that we have close cooperation between home and school. We want you to visit Lake Ridge and to attend as many meetings between parents and teachers as possible. Hopefully, we've anticipated your questions; however, if you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the school. We are available to assist you in any way we can, and we promise to return your call as soon as possible. We look forward to another exciting year, and hope it will be a successful year of learning for all members of our Lake Ridge Learning Community.


All accidents must be reported immediately to the teacher on duty or the classroom teacher. Teachers complete an accident report form and immediate efforts are made to contact parents or guardians. This is why we must have your current residence telephone number and your work telephone number. An emergency contact and number must also be on file. You can provide this information to the school on the enrollment card.


Regular attendance is important for proper progress in skill development and in keeping up with many activities taking place in the school. If a child is sick, however, he/she must be diarrhea, vomit, and fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. When a student is absent because of illness or family emergencies, he/she should bring an excuse from home to the teacher upon his/her return to school.

  • By State Law, unexcused absences of five or more days will be referred to juvenile court for a meeting with the courts Probation Officer.
  • After 10 unexcused absences a truancy petition will be filed in court.

By State Law, students are required to be in school 3 hours and 31 minutes in order to be counted present. This means that if you schedule an appointment (doctor, dentist, etc.) or if your child gets sick at school, he/she must leave after 11:46 p.m. in order to be counted present for that day. Students must arrive at school before 11:46 a.m. in order to be counted present for the day. All students must be signed in and/or out at the front office. The school requires parents to call the office prior to 9:00 a. m. to report a student’s absence or tardiness.

Unexcused tardy - A student arriving at school after 8:15 a m. for unacceptable reasons.

Unexcused early dismissal - A student leaving before 3:15 p.m. for unacceptable reasons.

If a child arrives after 8:15 a.m., a parent/guardian must come into the office to sign-in the student into school. Upon the third unexcused tardy and/or early dismissal in a grading period, the student will be subject to loss of recess to make-up missing work. The school principal has the authority to implement “time for time” procedures that would allow students to make up time missed for school.


Absences shall be classified as either excused or unexcused as determined by the principal or his designee. Excused absences include principal /designee approved absences of up to three (3) days per school year as requested by the parent/legal guardian. No student will be allowed to use these absences during standardized testing dates. Work missed during the absence must be made up before the absence or upon return to school.


Science Hill School (all campuses)  7:40 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Liberty Bell Middle School  7:40 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Indian Trail Intermediate School  7:50 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Elementary Schools (all campuses)  8:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

If your child is to eat breakfast, the child should arrive at school no earlier than 7:45 AM and no later than 7:55 AM so he/she will not be tardy for class. Allowance will be made for students who ride the bus.

Our school cares about the safety and well-being of our students. We want to make sure our school is a good place for students to learn. To do this we are using a program called the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. More Information about Lake Ridge's Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

Transportation is provided as a convenience to parents, not as a right to students. Students who do not obey the bus rules will lose the privilege of riding the bus for a period of time. Bus rules are made available to all students at the beginning of the school year. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous, well behaved manner while waiting for the bus and during travel. PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR TRANSPORTING STUDENTS TO AND FROM SCHOOL IF THEIR CHILD IS SUSPENDED FROM RIDING THE BUS.

Student use of cellular phones on school property is not permitted during school hours. Any device interrupting the academic day may be confiscated at any time.

To create and maintain the best learning environment for students, interruptions during instructional times must be avoided. If you need to deliver something to your child after the school day begins, please leave the item with the main office.


When a child is injured or becomes ill at school, the clinic is available in which the child may stay temporarily until the parents can be contacted. The clinic is staffed by a school nurse. Please notify the school of any change in your home, work or cell telephone numbers so that you may be contacted as quickly as possible.

The School Board of Johnson City has adopted a Code of Student Conduct and Discipline. Parents are responsible for informing their children of its contents. Our school will comply with the revised Code of Student Conduct and Discipline.

Conferences are very important and we strongly urge you to visit your child's teacher to discuss progress and/or problems. Please make an appointment with the teacher at least 24 hours prior to your visit to insure you of a private and productive conference time. Please do not assume that the teacher is free every afternoon for conferences. Conferences are not permitted while class is in session.

Pupils are under the authority of the principal and are subject to the principal's discipline as provided by Tennessee Statutes. The administration of discipline by principals and teachers is authorized as provided in Tennessee Statutes. "Grounds for disciplinary action are willful disobedience of school personnel or other persons so delegated by the principal; open defiance of authority of school personnel or persons delegated by the principal; violence against person or property; any act that disrupts the orderly operation of the school or school processes and activities; and willful disobedience of school rules."

We operate on the premise that the school has the responsibility to insure that no student’s learning will be infringed upon by another student’s misbehavior. Each child has a right to an education in a positive, safe learning environment. The faculty and principal maintain student behavior however, repeated misbehavior is the responsibility of the parents. Minor offenses will be handled through parent-teacher contact. Students, who continue to be disruptive, disrespectful, disobedient, or defiant, will be removed from class. Parents may be notified if their child is removed and will need to come to school to pick up their child. Students who are expelled or suspended from school will be counted absent. Students may receive school work which may count towards their average. The principal will make the final decision concerning work completed for a grade during a suspension.

Students who are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be subject to drug testing pursuant to TCA 49-6-4213.

Please keep the office informed of changes to your address and telephone numbers. Be sure that the office has a telephone number where you can be reached in case of an emergency. If you have an unlisted number, we will keep it confidential; however we must have the number on file in case we need to contact you. Children are not allowed to use the office telephone for routine and/or social matters.

Written permission agreements will be obtained from a parent or guardian of each student participating in a field trip or break session activity.

It is the policy of this school for all pupils to have some type of homework which they are capable of doing. In grades two through four, your child is always assigned homework in one or more subjects. Homework is usually given Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The amount of time spent on homework will vary according to each grade level. Primary students may have a minimum of fifteen minutes of homework while intermediate students will have more.

We ask that you, as a parent, see that your child does the homework. Homework is an essential part of school life. Its purpose is to reinforce classwork, develop responsibility on the part of the student, and allow parents the opportunity to be aware of what is currently being done at school. Teachers maintain records on homework and will discuss it with you upon request. Each teacher has a different method of dealing with incomplete homework and reasonable consequences for not completing homework have been established. If you have any questions regarding the above homework policy, please contact your child's teacher.

The school LMC is a well stocked media center which affords learning opportunities for students. Students attend one to three scheduled library periods per week, depending upon their grade level. The library is open for student use each school day between the hours of 8:05 AM and 3:30 PM. Lost/damaged library books must be paid for. Money will be refunded if the lost book is found within a reasonable time and returned in good condition.

Please remind your child to look for his/her belongings that may have been lost during school hours. These items are in large containers that are located in the glass foyer beside the lunch room.

Meal assistance applications can be found at the Johnson City Schools Nutrition Department website.

Students who have approved applications for the 2018/2019 school year will be able to eat on the first day when they return to school at the reduced price or free. Students will be permitted to eat meals free or at a reduced rate until a new application has been approved for 2018/2019. All other students may have to bring their lunch or pay the full price. Money will not be available to students to borrow for breakfast or lunch.

New applications, including proof of income, are required for each family even though the child may have participated in the meal program in the past. Once the application is complete, you must allow up to ten (10) school days for the application to be processed.

A class "A" hot lunch is served in our lunchroom at a price that is established by the School Board. All checks for meals should be made payable to Lake Ridge School Cafeteria. NOTE: Beverages in glass bottles are not allowed.

Breakfast price is $1.50 (reduced price for breakfast is: $0.30).
Lunch price is $2.50 (reduced price for lunches is $0.40).

Adult Lunch price is $4.00.
Extra milk is available at $0.75 and ice cream for an additional $0.75.
Pay for school meals in advance and online at

Parents must bring any medication (prescription and non-prescription) that their child needs to take during the day to the school office. Please do not send medications in with your child. No medications will be administered to students unless it has been received directly from the parent.

*Prescribed medication- A prescription form must be completed and signed by the parent and physician before a prescribed medication can be administered to your child.
*Over-the-counter medications- A permission form must be completed and signed by the parent before an over-the-counter medication can be administered to your child.

The physical education program provides organized activities planned and directed by a certified physical education teacher. No child will be excused from participation in physical education unless a written excuse is presented or the teacher feels it is necessary. Prolonged excuses (those in excess of one week) must have a doctor's recommendation for exclusion. NOTE: Proper gym shoes are required for physical education.

Children may be picked up at the designated area at the school at 3:15 PM. It is also recommended that if you pickup your child, you do so promptly, as there is no supervision after 3:30 PM. Parents are not permitted to drop-off or pick-up students in the Bus Loading Area.

Report cards are issued every 9 weeks for grades K thru 4 on the Wednesday following the end of the nine week grading period.

The school day begins at 8:15 AM and ends at 3:15 PM for all grades K-4. YOUR CHILD SHOULD ARRIVE AT SCHOOL NO EARLIER THAN 7:45 AM. Students arriving between 7:45 AM and 8:05 AM should report to the gym unless they are eating breakfast in the cafeteria. Students arriving earlier than 7:45 AM will be sent to morning EDUCARE provided at $2.00 per day.

During the school year your child will be provided with important classroom supplies which supplement the instructional program. The supply fee for each is $20.00. This fee includes: science supplies, reading materials, math manipulatives and supplies to support thematic units.

Our goal is to provide a safe, orderly school that encourages students to learn. Behaviors that detract from this goal will not be tolerated.
Students are expected to:

  • Be on time
    • arrive on time in classroom
    • return from recess or special areas
    • turn in assignments
  • Stay on task
    • have materials ready for class
    • use class time wisely
  • Act respectfully
    • cooperate with teachers and staff
    • treat classmates politely
    • leave gum, candy, and sodas at home
  • Do your best
    • pay attention in class
    • complete assignments       

The school has Safety Patrol personnel to assist students in getting to and from school. They do not have authority to discipline children. School Board policy dictates that once a student leaves the school property, he/she is under jurisdiction of their parents. Although the school will cooperate, all parents must understand that the jurisdiction of the school ends when the student leaves school property.


  • We expect students to maintain an appearance that is not distracting to teachers or to other students or that disrupts the instructional program of the school.
  • Clothing that is deemed not appropriate for school wear will include the following: halter tops, tube tops, tank tops with less than a 2 inch strap, spaghetti straps, short shorts, clothing with offensive or suggestive pictures/language to include the promotion of drug or alcohol use. Tops should be long enough to cover midriffs and backs. Sleeveless basketball jerseys with large armholes should not be worn except with a shirt underneath.
  • Shorts, skorts, skirts, jumpers and bib overalls must be longer than the tip of the longest finger when arms, hands and fingers are extended.
  • Head coverings (e.g. hats, scarves or bandanas) may be worn outside, but not in the school building.
  • Shoes should be safe and appropriate for an active child (playground wear).

A student shall not possess, use, transmit, or show evidence of having consumed any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind on school grounds during, before, immediately following school hours; on school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by a school group; off school grounds at a school activity, function or event or be in possession of drug paraphernalia. A student shall not possess, use, or be under the influence of any controlled or regulated drug unless he/she has a prescription written for him/her by anyone authorized by the State of Tennessee to write medical prescriptions.

*Refer to Code of Conduct handbook for system wide discipline and behavior

Parents are always welcome at the school, but State Statutes require permission from the principal or his/her designated representative to visit the classroom while classes are in session. Visitors are welcomed if prior arrangements have been made with the teacher so as not to interrupt instructional time in the classroom. ALL VISITORS MUST SIGN IN AT THE FRONT OFFICE!

Johnson City Schools prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. Lake Ridge School does not condone or practice discrimination in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. If you feel that you have been discriminated against you should contact the principal or the Director of Schools.