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Public Information Office
The Public Information Office would like to assist you as much as possible with your information and communication needs. Let’s make sure everyone has a chance to “come inside Rockingham County Schools!”
RCS Public Information Officer
The Public Information Office is responsible for keeping the community informed and involved in our schools.
To do so, the PIO:
Maintains district web site.
Produces publications, including newsletters, school brochures and the district Friday Highlights.
Coordinates media releases for local newspapers/TV/radio.
Serves as the media’s liaison with the district.
Compiles information and creates Rockingham County School’s annual report.
Community Links & Resources
Below are links to the local community provided here for easy reference.
Linked sites are not under the control of the school district, its agents or its employees. The school district is not responsible for the contents of any linked site, any link contained in a linked site or any changes or updates to such sites. The school district provides links as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site by the school district.
Rockingham County Resources:
The school district reserves the right to remove or restrict any links to sites containing inappropriate, obscene, sexually explicit or other material that is inconsistent with the mission of the school district or outside the scope of permissible uses as articulated in board policy 3225/7320, Internet and the Educational Program.
Material Distribution Request
Request to Distribute Materials or Advertise to
Rockingham County Schools Students
Rockingham County Schools strives to provide a learning environment free from disruption. It is our goal to send home and/or make available to students and parents only that information which has been approved for display or distribution in accordance with policy IJK-Distribution of Materials to Students / Advertising in the schools.
Any person or organization wishing to distribute or display material on school property must submit a copy of the material to the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Services for approval fourteen (14) days in advance of desired distribution. The following request form must be completed and attached. If approved, the requesting party agrees to collate, prepare and bundle all materials as requested, and to deliver them to the Central Office for distribution.
MATERIALS MUST BE SEPARATED INTO PACKETS OF 25 AND SEPARATED BY SCHOOL UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE.
Approval or non-approval of requests will be determined within three (3) working days, and attempts to notify the requesting party will be made at the number given on the request form.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
The Rockingham County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, homelessness or otherwise in its educational programs and activities and in employment. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:
Title VI and ADA Coordinator
Stephanie Ellis - Director of Exceptional Children's Program
Jonathan Craig - Executive Director of Human Resources
Title IX and Boy Scouts
Dr. Cindy Corcoran - Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Services
Holly Williamson - Assistant Director of Student Support Services
Career & Technical Education
Dr. Kenneth Scott - Director of Classified Personnel/Career & Technical Education
The Rock Shop
A Teacher Warehouse
Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, a collaborative effort began. The idea for a teacher supply warehouse was born in Rockingham Leadership Academy. In July of 2016, Rockingham County Schools and Rockingham County Education Foundation joined forces with Johnson Control in efforts to support the start up of this project. click here to view the PowerPoint showing the vision and intent for this project.
Each year before the beginning of school, Johnson Control along with Rockingham County Schools collects school supplies through a "Stuff the Bus" campaign. A bus is parked at each Walmart location in the county as a collection site for two consecutive days. This community based project has been hugely successful due to your support. The donated school supplies are used to help teachers supply their classes with materials that students may need on a daily basis.
We keep an organized list of the most used student supplies. Please click here to view the most requested supply items. In addition to new supplies, if you have gently used children's books, office supplies, copy paper or other items that you are willing to donate to the warehouse, we'd be happy to accept them. Please contact Angela Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a drop off time.
In addition to items, monetary donations are always welcome. The Rockingham County Education Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, has agreed to manage donations for this project. Please mail donations/checks to:
The Rockingham County Education Foundation
124 South Scales Street, Reidsville, N.C. 27320
Designate on the check that the funds are for the RCS-The Rock Shop. All dollars donated will go towards the Teacher Supply Warehouse- or as we have named it "The Rock Shop!"
Thank you Rockingham County for your support.....YOU ROCK!
Ordering from the Rock Shop
The Rock Shop now operates from our four traditional high schools. Each high school, serves as a distribution hub to the feeder schools in their zone. The supplies they use are from our annual Stuff the Bus event and are free to teachers. Beginning teachers are given first priority before orders are filled countywide. As orders are filled, students filling orders will only send the number listed as a maximum order and will indicate on the form if items are "out of stock." Orders will not be "back ordered," instead you may fill out another order later to see if items have been restocked.
Having site-based Drop Out Prevention staff allows RCS to focus on building relationships with students while helping them overcome barriers to academic success.
The primary focus is on prevention, intervention and recovery. RCS are committed to accomplishing the district's goal of increasing the number of students that graduate in four years.
Rockingham County Schools (RCS) employs Drop Out Prevention (DOP) staff in each of the (4) middle schools and the six (6) high schools. The following are DOP's at each school:
Holmes Middle School - Jason Smart
Rockingham County Middle School - Greg Saunders
Reidsville Middle School - David Edrington
Western Rock Middle School - Deborah Hooker
Morehead High School - Joy Toms
Dalton McMichael High School - Randel Galloway
Rockingham County High School - Misty Attaway
Reidsville High School - Dr. Lydia Jordan
Rockingham Early College High School - Julia Tatum
Booker T. Washington Learning Center (SCORE) - Richard Hicks
School Drop Out Prevention staff report directly to their school administrator and work in collaboration with their school's Powerschool Data Manager, School Social Worker, School Counselors, School Nurses, Student Health Centers, College Advisors, GEAR UP Staff (if present at that school) and the school administration to provide the following services:
Assessing student needs;
Assisting in the identification of students with special needs;
Coordinating services for families and students;
Helping students develop appropriate social skills and improved self-concept;
Helping to identify a student's strengths;
Helping and resolving barriers to education;
Intervening in situations involving family dysfunction;
Meeting with students individually and in groups;
Networking with community agencies and identifying resources;
Participating on intervention teams;
Providing consultation and program coordination;
Providing outreach to parents;
Providing and attending staff development;
Serving as an advocate for the child's educational needs;
Participates in activities that promote good relationships through PBIS such as Check In, Check Out; and
Works with school data managers to ensure that Drop Out Verification Forms are accurate for their school.
For more information about the function and duties of Drop Out Prevention Staff, you may contact the office of Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Cindy Corcoran at 336-627-2688.
Links & Resources
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Information About Chronic Absenteeism
Deborah (Kay) Hooker
Western Rock Middle
RC Early College
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.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Act
The McKinney-Vento Definition of Homeless:
Section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Act defines "homeless children and youths" as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.
The term includes
Children and youths who are:
Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as "doubled-up")
Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
Living in emergency or transitional shelters; or
Abandoned in hospitals;
Children and youths who have a primary residence that is public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
Rights of Parents and Unaccompanied Youth
Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to:
Receive a free, appropriate public education.
Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
Enroll in the local school near where they're living or continue attending th school or origin (the school the child attended when permanently housed or in which the child was last, enrolled) if that is your preference and is in the child's best interest. If the school district believes the school you select is not in the best interest of your child, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and offer you the opportunity to appeal its decision.
Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested by the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth.
Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the student's need.
Rockingham County Schools identified 123 homeless students in 2017-2018.
RCS Staff and Support
State Coordinator - Lisa Phillips, 336-315-7491
District Homeless Liaison - Nancy C. Towler, 336-627-2649
School Social Workers:
Susan Long - 336-616-0073
Bethany Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Rockingham Early College High School, Rockingham County High School, Wentworth Elementary School
Christie Ore - 336-548-2168
Dillard Academy, Huntsville Elementary School, McMichael High School, Stoneville Elementary
Paula Horne - 336-623-6521
Central Elementary School, Holmes Middle School, Leaksville-Spray Elementary School, Morehead High School
Sharon Fikes - 336-349-4632
Monroeton Elementary School, South End Elementary School, Reidsville High School, Riedsville Middle School
Additional information may be found at North Carolina Homeless Education Program website.
There are nine school psychologists employed by the Rockingham County Schools. Each school psychologist usually serves three schools and spends time each week at each school. They use their training and skills to team with educators, parents, and students to create safe, healthy learning environments for all students, addressing issues such as learning difficulties, behavior problems, social skills, school safety, crisis prevention and intervention, emotional health, and adjustment issues.
Some of the services that school psychologists provide may include the following:
Provide comprehensive psycho-educational assessment and interpretive services;
Collaborate with teachers and parents regarding learning, social, and behavioral issues;
Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community;
Address problems related to learning;
Assist with behavioral interventions;
Provide counseling to help resolve conflicts and problems in adjustment;
Help others better understand child development and its relationship to learning and behavior; and
Help schools prepare for and deal with crisis situations.
In the challenging world of today, school psychologists contribute much to school improvements, safety, early intervention, and appropriate educational programming.
Rockingham County School Psychologist Directory
In general, each school psychologist serves up to four schools, one of which is the base school site.
Helpful Internet Resources
School counselors provide a myriad of services to students, parents, and staff. They focus on removing the social, emotional or other barriers that hinder learning and interfere with student success. Their primary goal is to help all students develop skills in the area of personal and social growth, educational planning, and career and vocational development. Each elementary and middle school is served by one school counselor, while high schools have two counselors and a drop-out prevention coordinator at each site. RCS Early College has one counselor and SCORE (the alternative school) also has one counselor.
Duties and responsibilities include:
Providing individual and group counseling services to meet the developmental, social, emotional, and educational needs of students as well as career/vocational aspirations.
Consulting with students, parents, teachers, and other school and community personnel to assist in evaluating and meeting the academic needs of students.
Adhering to ethical standards of the counseling profession, and abiding by the laws, policies, and procedures that govern the schools. The counselor also participates in professional associations and professional development to keep knowledge and skills current.
Coordinating all counseling services and community-based projects for students and assisting with the coordination and implementation of student services within the school.
Serving on (or chairing) the Student Services Management Team, School Improvement Team and other leadership teams.
May serve as school test coordinator when appointed by the school principal. A School Testing Coordinator may coordinate the testing schedule, secure test materials, assign administrators and proctors, train staff, and create sections for students with accommodations.
Accurately interpreting test results and other student data. The counselor also assists teachers with the educational placement of students by using appropriate educational assessment strategies.
Establishing a comprehensive school counseling program and developing activities and resources to implement and evaluate the program. The school counselor involves other school staff in making decisions about the counseling program.
For a comprehensive look at the Instructional Support Services Department and it's mission and vision, please click on Instructional Support Services.
Dr. Cindy A. Corcoran,
Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Services
Director of Student Support Programs
Rockingham County Schools
511 Harrington Hwy
Eden, NC 27288
Character Education Programs
As we work toward helping every student become proficient in reading and math, we must also address those issues that may impede students' ability to learn. Bullying and social conflict are often barriers to learning. It is one of the priorities of the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and Rockingham County Schools to ensure that schools are safe, orderly and caring communities where all students have every opportunity to learn and to develop character traits that will enable them to become productive members of society. Students who lack pro-social skills make poor choices resulting in consequences that impact their learning. Just as students are taught to add, subtract, and read, they must be taught to empathize, manage their emotions, control their impulses, and solve problems effectively and appropriately. As we increase the awareness and prevention of bullying and other inappropriate social behaviors through ongoing training of staff, students, and families, our students ultimately benefit.
When the North Carolina State Legislature passed into law the Student Citizen Act of 2001 (SL 2001-363), the state of North Carolina affirmed that the development of character in our children is the cornerstone of education. This Act requires every local board of education to develop and implement character education instruction, with input from the local community.
How Does RCS Address Character Education?
Character Education and Bullying Prevention are incorporated throughout the school day in all schools in Rockingham County. For instance, through PBIS, all students are taught how their behavior relates to the positive character traits that each school has selected for their PBIS expectations (for example, Be Respectful, Remember Kindness, Accept Responsibility, etc.). These character traits are emphasized by all staff and throughout all common areas of the school and repeated throughout the school year with specific emphasis on how to get along with and treat others. Counselors incorporate character education, conflict resolution, bullying prevention, and social skills activities with students through classroom guidance lessons and small group counseling. Character education, communication skills, and bullying prevention are also incorporated in the Healthful Living and Social Studies curricula (see links below), and are also incorporated into art, literature, and other subject areas. School-wide clubs and activities, such as Rachel’s Challenge, various service projects, peer mentoring, and school-wide monthly character trait activities emphasize the importance of positive character throughout the school community. Click on Character Education Updates for more information.
Policy Statement Regarding Bullying
Rockingham County School is opposed to bullying. Bullying is behavior by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally inflicts suffering on another individual or group. Bullying is wrong and damages children. It can include intentional hurt to others, can be physical or emotional, and is often motivated by prejudice against particular groups.
Rockingham County Schools recognizes the seriousness of bullying in causing psychological damage and even suicide. For this reason we seek to promote good behavior in all that the students do, rather than merely deter anti-social behavior. It is recognized that no school is likely to be completely free from incidents of bullying from time to time but the schools regard bullying as particularly serious and firm action will always be taken against it. In cases of severe and persistent bullying the more serious disciplinary sanctions as outlined in the Disciplinary Regulation Reference Guide may be imposed by the school. The school district has several policies around bullying that apply to all members of our school community.
Several Board Policies address bullying and harassment. It is important to read and know what each policy addresses and to understand the role of the RCS employee as it relates to their responsibilities in investigating acts of bullying or harassment. RCS School Board policies are aligned with relevant legislation and governmental guidance.
1710/4021/7230 - Prohibition Against Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying
1720/4015/7225 - Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Complaint Procedure
1730/4022/7231 - Nondiscrimination On the Basis of Disabilities
4300 - Student Behavior Policies and Code of Student Conduct
Rockingham County is fully committed to ensuring that the application of this policy is non-discriminatory. Further details are available in the school’s Equal Opportunity Policy document. Rockingham County Schools seeks to implement this policy through adherence to the procedures set out in the rest of this document. Below is the Anti-Bullying Brochure for the district.
School Resource Officer
The School Resource Officer (SRO) Program places a sworn law enforcement officer in each middle, high and alternative school on a full time basis. The School Resource Officer (SRO) does not function as a school disciplinarian, but as a law enforcement officer, instructor, and counselor.
The SRO is expected to prevent crime and to act on any information involving pre-delinquent or criminal activity on school property.
The SRO coordinates with area law enforcement agencies, the Department of Social Services, juvenile court authorities, and the District Attorney’s office, as well as the school system, to determine the best solution for the problem at hand. The SRO is also available to go inside the classroom and instruct on subjects pertaining to criminal laws, law enforcement careers, and alternatives to criminal activity.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding SRO's, please contact Dr. Cindy A. Corcoran, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Support Services.
School Social Worker
The school social worker works cooperatively with school personnel and community resources to meet the individual needs of students and their families in order to provide the opportunity for success for all students. There are four school social workers serving the 22 schools within our district.
Services provided by the school social worker may include the areas of:
Mediation/District Attorney and Juvenile Court referrals or petitions
Parent contacts-phone calls/letters
Individual and group activities
Academics/Homework/Make-up work counseling
Community resources referral/liaison
Intake staffing at SCORE
Transitions for homeless students and families
Participation in MTSS teams
Other duties as assigned
Dr. Cindy A. Corcoran,
Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Services
Director of Student Support Programs
Rockingham County Schools
511 Harrington Hwy
Eden, NC 27288
Below you can find the names of school social workers, their home base school and their contact information.
*Denotes the homebased school.