Parents’ input sought on school policies

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

The time is now for parents who want to share their two cents on policies of the Henry County School System.

Handbooks for students as well as employees are now under review, according to district officials. All can be read and downloaded as PDFs from the district’s website,

There are two separate student handbooks, one for elementary and another for secondary students. Both contain the 2017-2018 academic calendar as well as information on registration, attendance, program services, code of conduct and a variety of other topics. Each handbook is more than 50 pages in length.

Employee handbooks are separate for certified and classified personnel. Both contain information on employment duties, compensation, benefits and other things. The certified handbook has sections on professional learning, instructional services, promotion/retention and graduation. The classified handbook contains sections for various departments such as nutrition, maintenance, paraprofessionals, technology services and transportation.

There are several options available for anyone who wishes to make suggestions to the school system. Comments can be submitted by email to with the word ‘Handbooks’ in the subject line. They can be mailed to Rico Pittman, Legal Compliance Coordinator, at 33 N. Zack Hinton Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253, or sent via fax to 770-898-7912.

Comments can be submitted until May 1.

You may also attend an upcoming open discussion community meeting to convey your thoughts on the handbooks to members of the central office’s administrative team. This event is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, 6-8 p.m. at the Academy for Advanced Studies (Rooms 114 and 116). There is no agenda for this meeting. It is strictly a drop-in format.