Student Handbook


Students are assigned to the BCAEP through the tribunal process or by parent waiver. In addition, students transferring to Barrow County Schools from a Youth Detention Center may complete a transitional placement at the BCAEP before enrolling in the appropriate home school. Students who transfer to Barrow County Schools from another alternative school must complete their original alternative school assignment in the BCAEP before enrolling in the appropriate home school.


Good attendance is crucial for a student’s success in the BCAEP. It is imperative that students arrive on time, stay for the entire day, and participate fully in class activities. Failure to do so will  jeopardize the student’s chances for graduation. Please refer to the Barrow County Schools School Attendance policy for all students. If a student is going to be out of school for an acceptable reason, parent(s) and/or guardian(s) must contact the BCAEP before 10:00 AM to excuse the absence. The phone number is (770)867-2900.


Students are not allowed to carry book bags while on campus. In addition, students who wish to carry purses may do so, but the purse must be small enough to fit in the designated box located in the front office.


Students are expected to be respectful of staff, fellow students, and equipment while in a computer lab and report any malfunctions or issues to the overseeing staff member as soon as they become aware of them. No food or drink other than bottled water is allowed in the lab at any time. Use of a computer lab is a privilege and will be rescinded if proper behavior is not observed. While in class, all students will remain seated at all times without direct instructions from a staff member. At no time will any students attempt to open windows, adjust room temperature, or change the lighting in the room.


The BCAEP relies heavily upon computer technology for instructional programs. It is imperative that all BCAEP students behave in a professional and responsible manner with this technology. The Barrow County Internet Use Policy is in effect at all times for all students. Minor violations of this policy will result in a written reprimand. Any serious violation of this policy will result in an out-of-school suspension and possibly additional disciplinary actions.


Students are expected to come to school ready to work and participate in the instructional activities of the day. Hand-written notes are required in all classes. Students who choose not to participate will be referred to an administrator and will face disciplinary consequences.


Students are expected to maintain acceptable behavior at all times. All policies outlined in the Barrow County Schools Code of Conduct apply to the BCAEP. The staff reserves the right to apply additional and/or alternative rules and consequences as needed. In many circumstances, discipline referrals while in the BCAEP will result in isolation, administrative detention, in-school suspension, or out-of-school suspension ranging from one to ten days. After multiple discipline referrals, students may be recommended for expulsion from Barrow County Schools. In addition, serious violations such as fighting, assault upon a staff member or student, weapon, drug, or alcohol possession, or other serious incidents may result in the recommendation for expulsion from Barrow County Schools.



The BCAEP has in place a “uniform dress policy” that all students must follow. Students must wear a white collared shirt (sleeved, tucked in at the waist, and buttoned up to the collarbone), khaki pants (extending to the ankle, worn at the waist, and fastened with an appropriate belt), undershirts (if desired), and closed-toed shoes. In addition, there shall be no unnatural hair colors. No piercings are permitted except in the ears. Jackets may be worn, but the jacket must be worn unzipped and open to the waist at all times.



Students will not be allowed to leave the BCAEP during school hours unless they are checked out by someone included on the student’s contact information completed during the admissions conference or someone listed in the Infinite Campus student data system. If students drive to campus, they may bring a note from home and will be allowed to leave only if someone on the contact sheet may be reached by phone to verify the written dismissal. If parent(s) and/or guardian(s) wish to add someone to the contact sheet, they must come to the school and make the necessary changes to the contact sheet in writing. Additions will not be made via phone correspondence.



Some students will be eligible for “early release” to return to the traditional education setting if this option is a part of the assignment process. Both the BCAEP administrator and the home school principal must agree to the “early release” decision. Factors considered in early release are academic performance, student conduct, and attendance.



Electronic devices, such as cell phones, MP3 players, handheld gaming devices, etc. are not allowed at the BCAEP. If students possess such items from the time they arrive on campus until dismissal, disciplinary consequences will be issued and the item(s) will be returned to the parent(s) and/or guardian(s). Safety checks will not be conducted to search for lost or stolen items. In addition, please note that the BCAEP is not responsible for lost or damaged electronic devices.



Students may enroll in the BCAEP after being assigned through one of the procedures detailed above. Students will not be allowed to enroll in the BCAEP until the individual student and his or her parent(s) and/or guardian(s) are present during an admissions conference to discuss the placement. This admissions conference is very important and takes approximately twenty minutes, and may be set up as soon as a placement is arranged.



Food and drinks can be purchased at school and are allowed only in the Meeting Room. Food, drinks other than bottled water, candy, and gum are not permitted in classrooms. Drinks not purchased at school are subject to confiscation. Vending machines are available to students in the Meeting Room before and after school hours, but the BCAEP will not be responsible for vending machine refunds.



The BCAEP has a “zero-tolerance” policy regarding any gang activity. This includes the wearing of colors, gang related graffiti on student possessions, gang tattoos, vandalism, and any other activity as defined by the BCAEP administration.



Students are not to be in the hallways during instructional times without a hall pass from a staff member and are not to be in any area of the campus prior to 7:30 AM and after 3:00 PM, unless under the direct supervision of a BCAEP staff member.



The BCAEP will attempt to meet the scheduling requirements of any high school student enrolling in the program. However, alternate scheduling may be necessary. If a student is assigned to the BCAEP within the first twenty school days of a semester, and he or she is taking a class or classes not offered at the BCAEP, the student’s schedule will be changed to meet current offerings, if possible. If a student is assigned to the BCAEP during the last twenty school days of a semester, and he or she is taking a class or classes not offered at the BCAEP, the staff will work in conjunction with the home school to meet class requirements. The home school will be responsible for sending assignments, grading assignments, and assigning a course grade for the student. If a student is assigned to the BCAEP at any other time during the semester, and he or she is taking a class or classes not offered by the BCAEP, alternate scheduling may be necessary so that the student will not lose credit in the class.



The “home school” is defined as the school to which the student is officially assigned. Students may be assigned from Haymon-Morris Middle School, Russell Middle School, Westside Middle School, Bear Creek Middle School, Apalachee High School, Winder-Barrow High School, or Snodon Preparatory Academy.



Students may order a school lunch or bring lunch from home, but the BCAEP will not provide refrigerators to store lunches. No students are allowed in the food preparation area. Lunch orders will be placed upon arrival at school. If a student is on the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Policy at his or her home school, that status will apply to the BCAEP as well. All food items must remain in the Meeting Room. Per county policy, students are not allowed to charge lunches.



Students have three days upon returning to school after an excused absence to initiate make up work. The student is responsible for contacting his or her teachers and for scheduling times to make up assignments. All work missed due to unexcused absences and suspensions can be made up at his or her teacher’s discretion. Students who are taking classes on the Education2020 system may work during non-school hours (Fall Break, Spring Break, etc.).



By Georgia state law, no student is allowed to possess any prescription or over-the-counter medication in a Georgia public school, unless sanctioned by a 504 plan. All medications, prescription or over-the-counter, must be given to an administrator or an assigned designee. All prescriptions must be in original containers, and a “medication authorization” form must be completed by parent(s) and/or guardian(s) before any medications will be dispensed at the BCAEP. Students are not allowed to have any medications, including over-the-counter drugs, legal/synthetic drugs, and nutritional supplements, in their possession at any time while at the BCAEP. The BCAEP is not allowed to provide any medications to a student.



Use of the office phone is restricted for emergencies only. Students may use the phone after 2:30PM

for transportation related calls. All use of the office phone is at the discretion of staff.



Students are subject to random safety checks upon arrival on campus. Handheld metal detectors and drug-sniffing dogs may be used during these safety checks.



Students will be released from the BCAEP when the requirements of the tribunal or waiver have been met. If the staff feels that the student has not successfully completed the assignment, the student may be taken back before a tribunal to request an additional assignment. If a student withdraws from school before completion of the alternative school assignment, the student will be required to complete the assignment upon re-enrollment in Barrow County Schools. If the student served time in another alternative school, or received education services through a Youth Detention Center, this time will be credited toward completion of the original assignment.



The BCAEP school hours are 7:30 AM until 3:00 PM. Students are to immediately report to the meeting room upon arrival, up to 7:45AM. All students arriving after 7:45 AM should report to the office. Breakfast is available only between 7:30AM and 7:45AM. Students will be released from class once their rides have arrived in the afternoon. Students should leave campus by 3:00 PM. Any student wishing to work beyond normal instructional hours should make arrangements with his or her teacher(s). Any students who are not picked up by a parent or guardian at the end of the staff workday will be subject to intervention from any local or state agencies.



The BCAEP participates in student assistance programs, which may be recommended for students by the staff. Parental permission is necessary for a student to take part in these activities.


While students are enrolled at the BCAEP, their parent(s) and/or guardian(s) are allowed and encouraged to observe their student during school hours. If a parent or guardian wishes to observe their student, please contact the BCAEP staff and accommodations will be made.



Students are expected to arrive at school with adequate instructional supplies on a daily basis. Students are expected to bring all textbooks, paper, writing utensils, notebooks, and other necessary supplies needed for instructional activities. Writing utensils such as pencils and pens may be purchased from the vending machines located in the Meeting Room.



Students who are served by an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan will continue to receive these services at the BCAEP.



All students are expected to report to school on time each day. Upon a student’s fifth tardy, he or she will be issued a written warning and disciplinary consequences will occur. Students who arrive on campus late may not be able to order lunch.



Students are required to participate in all local and state testing requirements such as the ITBS, CRCT, end-of-course tests, and high school graduation tests.



Students are to report directly to their next assigned location immediately upon release from class. Students are not to go to the restrooms, or any other part of the campus, during transition times. No student is to be in the restroom without a hall pass at any time. Students must take all possessions with them during transitions and will not be allowed to return to another class to retrieve items. All students will be monitored by staff during transition times.



Barrow County Schools does not provide bus services to or from the BCAEP unless these services were established through the student’s individualized education plan (IEP) prior to the student’s assignment to the BCAEP.



Students are not allowed to be on any other Barrow County Schools campus at any time. This includes community activities that take place on a campus. If extenuating circumstances exist, a student and his or her parent(s) and/or guardian(s) may appeal to the administrator of the BCAEP for special permission to attend an event. Permission will be given only if both the BCAEP administrator and the principal of the affected campus are in agreement. Students assigned to the BCAEP are not allowed to attend any Barrow County Schools event, including “away” activities at other locations.