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Rockingham County Schools

511 Harrington Highway

Eden, North Carolina 27288

Phone:  (336) 627-2600  Fax:  (336) 627-2660

Superintendent's E-mail:  rshotwell@rock.k12.nc.us

On this page you will find a number of resources to help you navigate the RCS school system as well as important forms, enrollment information, and student programs. Click on a thumbnail below for more information. You can also use the scrolling menu on the right side of the page to quickly scroll through the sections and easily navigate from the top and bottom of the page.

Curriculum & Initiatives
View a full list of programs offered through RCS
Athletics
Complete information, form links and contacts
Driver's Education
Find out information about permits, scheduling and FAQs
Enrollment
Information on how to enroll your child in RCS
Student Health
View info about general health, the flu, and other health concerns.
iStation/Discovery Ed
Link directly to log in
Capstone (Senior) Project
Explore resources and requirements
Inclement Weather
Inclement weather & school closure info
Mobile Learning
View handbook and resources for Chromebooks
Parent Forms
Download popular parent forms
Transcript Requests
Click here to submit
Ten Point Grade Scale
Information on how it works
SPLASH Resources
Find out about language immersion education at RCS
Request for Reassignment
Timelines and forms
Parent Resource Centers
Gain access to even more materials to help kids get ready for school
School Start/End Times
View start/end times for all schools
Dress Code
School Dress Code Information
RCS Connect
Free RCS Community Parent E-Newsletter
Child Nutrition
Child Nutrition Policy and Charges
FERPA
Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act
Child Care
Information on before & after school child care
Volunteer Info
Process and links
Career Cruising
Assistance with career choice
Core Curriculum & Standards
Information on core curriculum and NC standards
Additional Resources
Diploma Requests, NC Standards and more
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Enrolling Your Child

We welcome you to Rockingham County Schools!  Thanks for making the CHOICE that ROCKS!  

 

School secretaries and school Data Managers are a valuable resource in helping you get your child enrolled in school. Please contact the school your child will be attending to complete the necessary paperwork. If you need help determining which school your child will attend, visit our online school locator or you may contact Pat Wray at 336.634.3986, by e-mail pwray@rock.k12.nc.us.
 

Parent information needed for Registration:

  • Certified Birth Certificate       

  • Immunization Record            

  • Proof of residence (street address)  - examples: utility bill, lease/mortgage paperwork, notarized letter of residency

 

Kindergarten Registration Information 

Children must be age 5 on or before August 31 (of the current school year) to be eligible to attend kindergarten.

For more information, call your neighborhood school or June Nealy, Director of Elementary Programs, at 627.2680 or by email jnealy@rock.k12.nc.us.

  

Immunization Requirements (Kindergarten, 7th Grade)

All students entering public school in North Carolina are required to submit a current and up to date certificate of immunization within 30 days of school attendance.  Students who have NOT provided the immunization record to the school within 30 days will NOT be allowed to attend school until the immunization certificate is received.  Neither a transcript nor school data management immunization record is the official immunization certificate.  Parents are responsible for obtaining the immunization certificate and providing it to the school.  Records from previous schools will be requested as a courtesy to parents; however, the 30 day rule will still apply if records are not received within 30 days of the first day of school attendance.

 

Kindergarten Immunization Requirements (effective 7/1/2015)

  • 5 DTP/DTaP doses:  5th dose on or after 4th birthday.  If 4th dose is after the 4th birthday,      5th dose is not required. 

  • 4 Polio vaccine doses:  4th dose on or after 4th birthday.  If 3rd dose is after 4th birthday, 4th dose is not required.

  • 1-4 Hib doses:  Series is complete if 2nd, 3rd, or 4th doses are given on or after 12 months of age.

  • If 1st dose is given at 12-15 months of age, two doses are required.

  • If 1st dose is given on or after 15 months of age, only one dose is required.

  • 3 Hepatitis B vaccine doses: 3rd dose must be given on or after 24 weeks of age.

  • 2 Measles vaccine doses:  1st dose on/after 12 months of age and 2nd dose before entering school.

  • 2 Mumps vaccine doses:  1st dose on/after 12 months of age and 2nd dose before entering school.

  • 1 Rubella vaccine dose:  On or after 12 months of age.  

  • 2 Varicella vaccine doses: 1st dose on or after 12 months of age, and 2nd dose is required before entering school.

7th grade immunization requirements (effective 7/1/2015)

  • TDaP: 1 dose

  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV): 1 dose

Absences for failure to provide Health Assessment and/or Immunization Certificate

Absences will be marked as unexcused for students who fail to turn in the required information by the 30th day; however, students will be allowed to make up their missed work.  The parent or student should contact the student’s teacher(s) to arrange to obtain missed work.

Additional Immunization Information (click to view)

 

Health Assessment Form - (Kindergarten and new students to NC Public Schools) 
Evaluación de la Salud Español

Student Information Form:

 

 

Mobile Learning Initiative

Rockingham County Schools is pleased that students in all high schools will continue to be part of a 1:1 mobile learning initiative during the 2017-2018 school year. Since 2006, RCS has been paving the way to become a 21st Century School System – fiber optics have been installed at all schools, classrooms are equipped with LCD projectors, document cameras and ACTIVBoards, all schools have wireless environments, all certified staff are provided laptops.  All high school students are provided a Chromebook for use during the school day and for use at home.

Mobile Learning Student Handbook 18-19

 

Mobile Learning Parent/Student Agreement Form/Usage Fee 18-19

The Rockingham County Mobile Learning Initiative is funded in part by:

 

School Start & End Times

Below are the start and end times for RCS schools.

 

RCS Dress Code

We ask our students to dress in an appropriate manner for school. Clean, neat, comfortable clothing, which allows your child to participate in all events of school without undue concern, will be most appropriate.

School Dress:

  • Appropriate size student dress and footwear is necessary to maintain a positive and safe school climate. Any clothing or accessories that endanger the safety of others is prohibited.

  • Clothing must be age appropriate, must not distract from the learning process, and cannot be provocative, revealing, indecent, or vulgar. (No short shorts or short skirts are allowed).

  • No headgear including but not limited to hats, earmuffs, bandanas, sweatbands, or sunglasses will be worn inside the school buildings.

  • All sleeveless tops must have shoulders, and all lops must have fitted arm opening. No spaghetti or tank tops are allowed. All tops must cover the waistband of the bottom garment. (Upper garments must cover the midriff at all times.)

  • Clothing will not be allowed which promotes alcoholic beverages, tobacco, the use of controlled substances, depicts violence, is of a sexual nature, is racist, is of a mesh or transparent material, or is of a disruptive nature.

  • Heavy chains or accessories or any attire that has the potential to be used as a weapon is prohibited.

  • No sagging pants allowed. All pants must be worn and fitted at the waist.

  • Any clothing or accessories recognized as being gang related are prohibited.

  • No rips or tears above the knee.

  • No undergarment should be visible.

  • Sleepwear is prohibited.

  • All shirts and tops must be no longer than the top of the leg.

  • No body piercings that are visible except in ears.

 
 

2019-2020 Request for Student Reassignment Process Timeline

Beginning March 25, 2019 the RCS Request for Reassignment Application will be available for students requesting transfers for the next school year and based on a lottery system for all schools except for Rockingham Early College High School.

  • Requests for transfers are reviewed and appropriate decisions made based on reason(s) provided and capacity in the school. The administration may grant transfer requests only if the requested school has sufficient space meaning the calculated school membership is under 95%, adequate staff allotments, grade level capacity which can include state required teacher student ratio and appropriate programming.

  • Requests for Reassignment should be made between March 25 and May 1.

  • No more than one reassignment request per student will be granted each year.

  • Previously approved student assignments are required to submit an Application Intent Form for reassignment by April 19, 2019. Students may remain at the transfer school through completion of the grade span. 

  • Application Intent Forms are required for students entering a new grade span of K-5, 6-8 or 9-12.

  • Siblings of students who have been approved for prior transfer, may attend the same school with the exception of Kindergarten, sixth, and ninth grades if space is under 95% capacity.

  • Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school for reassigned students.

  • The Superintendent or designee may rescind a reassignment if the student has problems with serious misconduct, exhibits poor academic performance inconsistent with their abilities, or accumulates excessive absences, tardies or dismissals. If the reassignment was granted for specific academic programs, the student must meet the expectations of that program in order to continue participating.

  • Further details on student reassignment may be found in the Board Policy 4150.

 

Child Care and Employer Verification Forms

Application Intent Form In County (2019-2020)

New School Assignment Policy 4150

Policy 4120 AND 4130 Regulations

Regulation 4150-R

Application Intent Form Out of County (2019-2020)

Out of County Policy 4125

Out of County Policy 4130

Out of County Policy 4135

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U. S. Department of Education.

The law stipulates that schools may disclose, without parent consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, phone number, date and place of birth, grade level, picture, school activities, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. The law also provides parents with the opportunity to request that the schools not disclose information about their child(ren). Parents may contact the school principal within 15 calendar days of the fall opening of the school if they wish to request that the schools not disclose directory information. 


FERPA requires that Rockingham County Schools, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Rockingham County Schools may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Rockingham County Schools to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications.

 

Examples include: 

  • A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production; 

  • The annual yearbook; 

  • Honor roll or other recognition lists; 

  • Graduation programs; and 

  • Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members. 


Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories – name, addresses, and telephone listings. – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. 

If you do not want Rockingham County Schools to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing within 15 calendar days of the fall opening of the school. Rockingham County Schools has designated the following information as directory information: 

  • Student's name; 

  • Picture; 

  • Address; 

  • Telephone number; 

  • Electronic mail address; 

  • Date and place of birth; 

  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports; 

  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams; 

  • Dates of attendance (“from” and “to” dates of enrollment); 

  • Grade level; 

  • Diplomas, certification and awards received (including A, A/B Honor Roll); 

  • Student work for display, without grade, at the discretion of the teacher; 

  • Date of graduation; 

  • Most recent previous school or education at institution attended by the student; and 

  • Photographs or videos taken on buses, school grounds, in school buildings and at school activities unless the picture or video may reveal confidential information about a student or is evidence in a disciplinary matter.

 

Model Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:

  • The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the School receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the School principal [or appropriate school offi­cial] a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The School official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate. Parents or eligible students may ask the School to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the School principal [or appropriate school official], clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  • (The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the School as an ad­ministrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or com­pany with whom the School has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, audi­tor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tion record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-5901

 

Before & After School Child Care

Before and After School Programs are available in the Rockingham County Schools.

 

In the Reidsville zone, the Reidsville YMCA provides this service. In the Eden zone, the Eden YMCA provides this service. If you live in these zones, please call your local YMCA for more information.

For the county and western zones, Rockingham County Schools provides before and after school programs through a program called the Kids’ Companion Program. The Kids Companion Program provides a safe environment for school-age children starting with age 5. Parents interested in having their student in grade 6 travel back to a Kid's Companion Program in one of the schools listed below can do so provided a bus from the middle school returns to the elementary school. The program gives each child the opportunity to participate in enrichment, homework assistance, and recreational activities for the appropriate age level.

Kids Companion Staff

  • Site specialists and lead teachers are available on-site to work with families

  • Staff/child ratio does not exceed 1:15

  • All staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid

  • Offers summer themed programs 

 

Kids Companion Site Locations

Kids Companion Hours of Operation

The Kids Companion Program operates from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm each school day. It is also open on teacher workdays and makes every effort to open when school is closed due to inclement weather. The Kids Companion Program also provides a summer camp program.

For More Information

For more information on the Kids Companion Program or for fee schedules, call the program administrator, Misty Williams at 634-3280. For information in the Eden and Reidsville zones, call your local YMCA for information.

 
 

Additional Resources

Below are additional resources such as grading scale information and NC Program Standards.

NC Essential Standards

Click here to access additional information about the NC state standards.

Diploma Petition

Former students who earned certificates from Rockingham County Schools (RCS) can now receive a diploma due to a change in state law. Students who met all state and local graduation requirements except for passing the Computer Skills Test or Competency Test in Reading and Math can petition the district for a diploma.

In accordance with state legislation, the tests were eliminated and are no longer required for graduation. Current students who have not passed the tests will be eligible to receive a diploma if they meet all other requirements.

Students that were enrolled in a graduating class from 1981 through 2009 and met all state and local board requirements for a diploma except for passing the competency test(s) and or the computer skills test(s), may now petition for a diploma.

Petitions for diplomas will be accepted during a five year window through July 1, 2014. 

Previous RCS students who would like to petition for a diploma based on this change should contact Dr. Jean Steverson, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Support Services, at 336.627.2688.

Students who are submitting a petition must fill out a form, which is available below, by clicking on the link.

After records have been located, district personnel will check to ensure that all state and local requirements for graduation were met and at the time the diploma was withheld because of a testing deficiency.  Following the review, the petitioner will be notified if the diploma is to be issued or if the petition has been denied.

RCS Diploma Petition Form - excel file

 

RCS Diploma Petition Form - pdf file

Diploma Petition - Frequently Asked Questions - pdf file

Discipline Regulation

Discipline Regulation Guide 2019-20  (Click on the link to view the guidance document.)

Rockingham County Schools is committed to maintaining safe and orderly schools in order to enhance educational opportunities for all students and to maintain schools as a safe haven. RCS is also committed to providing fair and equitable programs, sanctions and actions to all students. In order to maintain a safe school environment, we rely on our student’s sense of citizenship and responsibility. Any student that has knowledge of criminal behavior or behavior that would threaten the safety of students at school should report the information to the school principal. You may also report safety concerns to Crime Stoppers at 349-9683.

Detailed student behavior standards are established in Board policy series 4300.  For complete information on behavior standards, students and parents should consult Board policy and related administrative regulations. These documents are available on the Rockingham County Schools website. 

Administrators reserve the right to adjust consequences based on history and circumstances in order to maintain safety. In addition, identified students with special needs may have different sanctions or actions based on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and/or based on special education or disability law. The Code of Conduct provides specific infractions and a recommended consequence for each infraction.  If you have specific questions or would like copies of Board discipline policies or administrative regulations, please contact school administration. 

NC Department of Public Instruction

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NC End of Grade/Course Tests
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NC Graduation Requirements
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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
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College Resources
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