Welcome to the Federal Programs site for Rogersville City Schools. Please feel free to view our pages and the information within. If you have questions regarding Federal Programs for Rogersville City Schools, please contact Dr. Karen Davis-Beggs at (423) 272-7651
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- Title I
- Section 504
- Federal Programs Compliance
- Title I Parent Compact
- Education for Homeless Children and Youth
- ESSA Parental Notifications
- Enrollment Process for Immigrant Students
- Title III - Instruction for English Language Learners
- Quick Links
- Title IX
As school-wide Title I schools, Rogersville City School System receives additional federal funding to supplement our instructional programs. Our Teacher Assistants, working under the direction of classroom teachers, are valuable resources in our focus on reading and mathematics instruction. Parent involvement is critical to the success of our children. As meetings are scheduled at your school, please make plans to attend and participate as often as possible. For more information on how Title I enhances Rogersville City Schools' instructional programs call Karen Davis-Beggs at 423-272-7651.
How Title I Supplements LCS Instructional Programs
- Instructional Programs - Spire Reading Intervention Systems, Reading Plus, and IXL Math.
- Personnel including additional Teachers and Paraprofessionals – Teacher Assistants
- Professional Development Opportunities
- Instructional Equipment to support Instructional Programs
- Supplies and Materials to support Instructional Programs
- Parental Involvement Opportunities
These programs are provided by the Rogersville City School System and supplemented by the Title I Program. The Title I Program and the Rogersville City School Board of Education affirm they do not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicapping condition or age.
Inquiries regarding compliance with federal programs should be directed to:
Director of Federal Programs
Rogersville, TN 37857
2. Tennessee Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
710 James Robertson Parkway
Andrew Johnson Tower, 6th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
3. Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
61 Forsyth St. S.W., Suite 19T70
Atlanta, GA 30303-3104
Telephone: 404-562-6350; TDD: 404-331-7236
If you have any questions regarding Education of Homeless Children and Youth please contact:
District Homeless Liaison:
ESSA Title IX: McKinney-Vento Act
Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program
The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program, authorized under the Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Act, was reauthorized in Dec. 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
All school districts are required to provide needed services to homeless children. The department receives funding for the program through the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant Program and distributes grants competitively to LEAs that have developed programs that document effective collaboration among school districts and service providers to ensure that homeless children in that district receive needed services.
The McKinney-Vento Act is designed to address the challenges that homeless children and youths have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school with a strong emphasis on the importance of school stability for homeless children and youths. Changing schools multiple times significantly impedes a student’s academic and social growth. Therefore, the McKinney-Vento Act calls for school districts to maintain students in their school of origin to promote school stability and greater educational outcomes overall, unless it is not in the student’s best interest.
Under Subtitle B of Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, § 725, homeless children and youths means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes:
Parent Right to Dispute
ESSA requires that school systems annually notify parents of certain rights and responsibilities they have under the legislation.
RCS values contributions that parents make to the overall educational program. The opportunity for parental involvement is particularly critical in Title I schools where parents are requested to assist with the planning of the overall program and are invited to learn about programs at annual Title I meetings.
Assessment results are shared with parents at the first parent/teacher conference. Additional information regarding assessment results may be obtained by contacting your child’s homeroom teacher.
Limited English Proficient Outreach
The system annually conducts a search for students that could benefit from the Limited English Proficient outreach service. Students are assessed regarding their English proficiency and an appropriate program is planned. Any parent of a Limited English Student that needs assistance in the interpretation of school forms should contact the school office. Assistance will be provided by the English as a Second Language Teacher or other appropriate personnel.
Parents Rights to Request Information on a Teacher’s Qualifications
As a part of the ESSA Act of 2015, school systems are required to notify parents of children in schools receiving Title I funds of their rights to request information on the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher(s). All teachers at RCS are properly certified to teach in the school system and are highly qualified. To request information regarding the qualifications of your child’s teacher, a written request should be submitted to Rhonda S. Winstead, Principal, 116 Broadway, Rogersville, TN. 37857. Information regarding certification may also be obtained from the Tennessee Department of Education’s web site at www.state.tn.us/education.
Release of Directory Information To Military Recruiters
The ESSA legislation requires school systems to release to military recruiters the same directory information that high schools normally make available to institutions of higher learning. Parents of children in high school can request that their child’s name, address, and telephone number not be released to a military recruiter without prior written consent.
RCS strongly believes that children learn best in a safe and drug free environment. ESSA allows parents to exercise a school choice option if their child attends a school defined by the state as a “persistently dangerous” school. RCS is classified as a “safe” school.
Unsafe School Choice
As required under ESSA, and the Tennessee State Board of Education’s Unsafe School Choice Policy, parents shall be notified immediately if their child is a victim of a violent crime, as defined in TCA 40-38-111. Any child that is a victim of such a crime has the right to attend another grade appropriate public school in the district. In situations where only one school is available, the system will attempt to facilitate a transfer to a school in another district; however, such transfer is not required
ESSA added to the existing McKinney-Vento Homeless Act be expanding upon those who qualify for services under the act and ensuring that appropriate educational services are delivered to children experiencing homelessness. If you believe that you may be living in homeless circumstances, you should contact Karen Davis-Beggs, at 272-7651.
All RCS paraprofessionals who work directly with students meet specific guidelines set forth under ESSA. Each assistant must pass a content specific exam in reading, writing, and math.
RCS has a crisis management plan to be used in times of crisis. The details of the plan are to be distributed to all staff members and appropriate training conducted in the implementation of the plan.
PROCEDURE FOR IDENTIFYING IMMIGRANT STUDENTS
All schools’ registrar staff shall follow these procedures when identifying/enrolling possible immigrant students.
Identify students who meet the definition of “immigrant” by asking the following questions from the state’s home language survey during enrollment:
In what country was your child born?
When did your child first attend a school in the United States? (Kindergarten – 8th Grade) In addition to the home language survey, this information can also be collected through proof of age and school records.
Note: We do require proof of age as part of the enrollment process. Although many immigrant students are English language learners, this is not always the case. Students who meet the Title III definition of “immigrant” must be reported regardless of their primary language or language proficiency level.
Immigrant students will be immediately admitted into school and enrolled appropriately by the school data manager/designee with proper coding for immigrant status.
***ELL Program guide is used to train administrators and front office personnel on appropriate processes for enrolling potential immigrant students.
Local Area Contact: Karen Davis-Beggs 423-272-7651 ext. 1008
According to the TDOE, a student is eligible for migrant benefits if he/she is between the ages of 3 – 21 AND is without a HS/GED diploma, AND has moved within the preceding 36 months from across school district lines (county or state) AND has parents/guardians in seasonal or temporary employment in agriculture, dairy and fishing AND has an economic necessity.
If you feel your child meets all of these requirements, please contact Karen Davis-Beggs at
The purpose of this program is to provide services to those students that have a primary language other than English. Currently, Rogersville City School provides services to English Language Learners through instruction by a certified ELL teacher that is fluent in the four domains of the English language (reading, writing, speaking, and listening), and paraprofessionals. For more information regarding services to our English Language Learners (ELL) please visit the Federal Programs staff page or contact each school.
Title IX procedure allows educational institutions to use a single investigator/
decision maker model allowing the decision maker to be the
Title IX Coordinator, the investigator, or all three roles.
(Proposed 34 C.F.R. § 106.45(b)(2)).
We have a team at RCS of:
Title IX Coordinator – Karen Beggs
Investigator – Lindsay Davenport and Taylor Wolfe
Decision Maker – David Hartsook and/or Shane Bailey