Parent-Student Handbook



Dear Parents and Students,

A new year always brings great excitement for the many opportunities of educational excellence.  Our mission is to educate and challenge every child in a loving and safe environment.  We provide a quality learning environment in which students can become lifelong learners, achieve success in the state Standards of Learning and demonstrate good citizenship.  As a school, we set goals to support student achievement in the four core areas of English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. 

This handbook contains basic information to make this a successful school year.  Teachers review the handbook with students and send home a list of specific class rules. Our schools expect each student to be “Responsible, Respectful and Ready to Learn” on a daily basis. Parents and families are encouraged to read and discuss the handbook with their children.  There are several papers and pamphlets to be sent home, including:  school discipline policy, laws and regulations letter, Electronic Communication Acceptable Use Policy for Student Access, free and reduced lunch form, and the Alleghany County Public School Parent-Student Handbook.

If questions or concerns develop, please call and arrange to speak with the teacher or principal.  Working together, we can achieve a quality safe educational environment for your child!

Sincerely, Mrs. Moga and Staff



The 1964-65 school year marked the beginning of the new Callaghan Elementary School.  Students from Callaghan, Hunter, Boys' Home, and Dunlap schools entered a new 14 classroom building constructed at a cost of $342,900.  An open house was observed on November 1, 1964.

Mr. R. Lynn Graham who had been principal at Dunlap School since 1948, was the first principal of the new school.  In that first year, Mr. Graham welcomed 416 students in grades 1-7.  A multipurpose room was used as a cafeteria as well as for physical education activities and school programs.

In 1970, four additional classrooms were added to the building.  Kindergarten classes were started during the 1975-76 school year.  In that same year, the gymnasium building was completed.  At the close of the 1977-78 school year, Mr. Graham retired and Mr. David Peters became the principal.

During the 1978-79 school year a Student Cooperative Association (SCA) was organized, red and white were selected as the official school colors, and a constitution was written and adopted by the student body.

At the beginning of the 1982-83 school year the school systems of Alleghany County and Clifton Forge merged to form the Alleghany Highlands School Division.  Callaghan seventh graders of that year became part of the first class of the Clifton Middle School for the 1983-84 school year.

In June 1988, Mr. Peters completed his tenth year as principal.  He moved to another position in the school division and later retired in 1999.  Mr. Paul D. Linkenhoker became the third principal of the school and served for five years until he was promoted to the Alleghany Highlands Public Schools Central Office; he retired in 2004.  On May 17, 1993, the Alleghany Highlands School Board named the Callaghan gym the R. Lynn Graham Gymnasium in honor of Mr. Graham for his educational guidance, leadership, and service.  On March 26, 1995, a gym Dedication Ceremony and Open House for the community was held.  Approximately 200 people attended to honor Mr. Graham. 

In July 1993, Mrs. Nancy M. Moga, former principal of Boiling Spring Elementary School, became principal.  During July 1993, Callaghan hosted the first elementary summer school for the entire Alleghany Highlands. An average of 100 students attended this 15-day morning program.  In June 1995, Mrs. Daisy Hartman, secretary for 42 years at Dunlap and Callaghan Schools, retired. She died August 9, 2011, and the school planted two red maples in April, 2012 near the playground in her memory. Technology entered our school to enhance learning in three ways in the fall of 1996:  a new computer lab with 25 stations, a direct connection to the Internet in each classroom, and an automated library book check out system. The CCC lab used for 9 years was replaced with Compass Learning in August 2005. In fall 2009, Callaghan installed a new computer attendance program, Power School, and a new computer lab program, Brain Child. During 2008-2009, a new emphasis was placed on cursive writing and handwriting. In 2011 we received new computers in our lab and used Compass Learning Software. These computers were replaced in 2015. In 2012, we started to use 4 parts of Renaissance Learning in the computer lab. In 2015, we also installed a new mobile lab.

Mr. Graham, our first principal, died March 7, 1998.  An apple tree was planted in his memory in our budding orchard on May 11, 1998.  The orchard was started on May 19, 1997 with trees planted in honor of Deputy Todd Frye, DARE Officer; in memory of Pauline B. Graham, Mr. Graham's wife; and in memory of Archie L. Massie, Mrs. Moga's father.

A TV and VCR were mounted in each classroom in 1998 to assist in instruction.  The school parking lot was paved and marked with lines on July 28, 1998; it was marked again in May 2003 as a gift from Mr. John Franson of Alleghany Asphalt; and it was remarked again in July 2008. The lot was resurfaced and marked again in July, 2017. In the fall of 1998, staff members wrote a school pledge.  The pledge was first said by students on October 21, 1998.  It is:        

I pledge to try.  (Point thumb up on right hand.)

I will reach for the sky.  (Point index finger up, also.)

I will listen, learn, and apply.  (Now point last three fingers up and smile!)

The playground was marked with court lines in August 2000.  On July 1, 2001, our school system once again became the Alleghany County Public Schools. The former city of Clifton Forge became a town within Alleghany County at this time.  Two new schools, Mountain View Elementary and Clifton Middle, opened on September 4, 2001, and grades 6-7 from Callaghan enrolled at the new Clifton Middle School. New playground equipment was installed near the gym by the PTO in the fall of 2002. The Early Childhood playground was replaced in Fall 2010.  The ECSE program closed at Callaghan in June, 2014.

Callaghan underwent a major 14- month renovation that started in the summer of 2003.  This renovation included air conditioning, electrical, technology, and communication upgrades, lowered ceilings and installed energy efficient windows. A new floor was placed in the cafeteria in August 2003. A connecting breezeway was completed between the main and gym buildings in the summer of 2004. Instruction by an art teacher started during the fall of 2004. Students created a butterfly garden at the front of the school in spring 2006.  During the summer of 2007, the gym floor was refinished, new tile was laid in the hallway, and the exhaust hood in the kitchen was replaced. In the summer of 2008, video surveillance cameras were installed. In the summer of 2009, an electronic lock was added to the front door and the roof was replaced on the main building. In the summer of 2017, interior safety doors and a check in window were added at the main entrance.  

Two schools closed in Alleghany County on June 30, 2013 due to declining enrollment.  The students at Boiling Spring were redistricted to the Callaghan attendance area. We welcomed these students and the 19 staff members new to Callaghan!  On October 7, 2013, wireless was added to our school. The Wi-Fi was upgraded in the summer of 2017. In August, 2014, the old ECSE classroom became the new library.

Callaghan currently serves a school population of approximately 220 students in grades JK-5.  In addition to a quality regular program, the school offers special programs to disabled and gifted students and, to the extent possible, all children are educated together.  Callaghan Elementary School is committed to excellence in the education of children.



Our mission is to educate and challenge every child in a loving and safe environment.


Our vision for education is to prepare 21st Century Learners by:

  • Nurturing creativity.
  • Providing opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Encouraging collaboration and cooperation.
  • Teaching communication skills.
  • Promoting healthy social-emotional growth and good citizenship.
  • Instilling a love of learning.


We believe that our democracy can best be served and preserved if free and adequate public education is made available to all children.  We believe that schools influence talents, abilities, and values, such as learning how to become a good citizen.  We believe that the school shares the responsibility with parents and community for keeping our school safe and helping students become self-sufficient contributing members of society.



  • Provide a safe learning environment.
  • Meet the goals and objectives of public education in Virginia and Alleghany County Public Schools, and to preserve the special identity of Callaghan Elementary School.
  • Teach and assess local and state learning objectives, including the Standards of Learning.
  • Use available data, standardized test information, and performance indicators in monitoring group and individual achievement progress for goal setting.
  • Recognize and accommodate different learning styles.
  • Promote physical fitness and health practices, especially cardiovascular fitness.
  • Provide discipline and structure to meet the needs of individuals and the group as a whole.
  • Emphasize that self-control is desirable, necessary, and a major part of being a good student.

VISITORS- Parents are welcome to visit the school.  Please notify the teacher in advance if you desire a conference.  Please notify the cafeteria by 8:45 a.m. if you plan to eat lunch at school with your child.

All visitors to the school must report to the office before going anywhere in the school. All volunteers and visitors must sign in at the office and receive identification to wear at all times on school property.  Visitors must be with a staff member at all times.  Students may not bring guests (friends, relatives, etc.) to visit with them during school hours. To protect the learning environment, cell phone use is not allowed in the school.

ARRIVAL TIME- Arrival time at school for students is from 8:10 a.m. until 8:35 a.m.  If you bring your children to school, please see that they arrive during this time.  Students will be counted tardy after 8:40 a.m.  Students may not arrive before 8:10 a.m.  Teachers are not on duty until 8:10 a.m. and there is no one to supervise students.

INSTRUCTIONAL TIME- Instruction starts at 8:40 a.m. and continues until 3:20 p.m. Children need to be at school during these hours.  Please schedule doctor and dentist appointments before or after instructional school hours.

CALENDAR- The school calendar is developed by the Alleghany County Public Schools (ACPS) Division and published in newsletters and local newspapers.  Extreme or hazardous weather conditions or other emergencies may cause the delay or cancellation of a school day.  Local radio and television stations broadcast school closing information as soon as decisions are made.  This information is posted on the ACPS web site and an automatic call is made to the number provided by parents to give notice of a delay or closing.   Since our school division includes Clifton Forge and Alleghany County, poor road conditions in one section of the division may result in the closing or late opening of all schools.  Your attention to local morning broadcasts should keep you informed of these situations.

The 2017-2018 calendar is designed to start school on August 9 and finish May 17.  Schools are closed during traditional holiday periods and at the conclusion of some marking periods to allow for teacher preparation for the coming term.  Specific calendar dates are located on the back cover of this handbook.               


8:10- 8:35 a.m. Arrival

8:10 a.m. - All bus students report to breakfast or homeroom

8:15- 8:35 a.m. - Car rider arrival time

8:35 a.m. - Moment of Silence, Announcements, School Pledge, Flag Pledge

8:40 a.m. - School Starts, Tardy bell,

3:20 p.m. - Students who meet parents in cafeteria (car riders) dismissed

3:21 p.m. - Grades 4-5 Dismissal Bell for buses *NOTE: Early dismissals begin at 1:20 p.m.

3:22 p.m. - Grades 2-3 Dismissal Bell for buses

3:23 p.m. - Grades JK-K-1 Dismissal Bell for buses

3:24 p.m. - Dismissal for after school activities


PICKING UP STUDENTS- Buses move to the lane in front of the school for loading students in the afternoon starting 20 minutes before the dismissal time.  Do not drive your car between buses or in the bus area at this time.  If it is necessary for you to pick up your child in the afternoon, please park in the area of the parking lot where your vehicle will not interfere with bus loading.  Do not park in front of the handicap ramp at any time unless you are using it for a handicapped individual.

When it is necessary to pick up your child before the end of the day, please send a note to the teacher stating this.

TRAFFIC PLAN- Please note that when students are boarding or exiting buses in front of the school, it is Virginia State law that all vehicles must stop.  There will be a supervisor on duty.  However, that supervisor cannot always predict what a student will do.  Do not violate this law and put the safety of your child in danger.

Traffic using the circle should proceed in a counter-clockwise manner around the circle.  Vehicles that will park should proceed in a clockwise manner and pull into a parking space.

The drop off area is in use for students being dropped off at school in the morning.  You are asked to pull into one of the marked spaces, allow children to exit your vehicle, and to proceed forward in a counter clockwise manner out of the school gate or into a parking spot.  Do not park in the drop off area between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Vehicles are to park in the paved school lot.  If your stop at school is less than 5 minutes, after 9:00 a.m. and before 2:30 p.m., vehicles may park for this brief period in front of the school.

ATTENDANCE- Students are expected to arrive at school on time and stay the entire school day.  Research has shown that good attendance is important for school success.  It is important that students attend school on a regular basis.

PERFECT ATTENDANCE- Students with perfect attendance are recognized with certificates at the end of the year.  To qualify, a student must be present every day and have less than a combination of six tardies and/or early checkouts. 

TARDY STUDENTS- Students arriving at school after 8:40 a.m. will be marked tardy.  Tardy students must present a written excuse from a parent when they arrive at school. 

LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY- If checking a student out early, a parent or guardian must first sign them out in the office.  Please state the reason that the child is leaving early.  Time away from school may be a factor in promotion or retention.  Students will be released to parents only.  However, if the parent desires another adult to pick up his child, the school must be notified in writing by a parent. 

Students will be called from the office to meet their parent. Parents should not go to the child's classroom to wait outside the classroom door.

In custody cases, the school must have a copy of the custody order if only one parent is allowed to pick up a child.

USE OF SCHOOL PHONE- Students and teachers will be called out of class in an emergency situation only.  Phone messages will be taken by the office staff and given at the earliest convenience.  Students are allowed to use the phone only in emergency situations.  Before coming to school, students are responsible for making arrangements for after-school activities.

INSTRUCTION- The school provides instruction for students in Reading, Math, Language Arts, Science, Health, Art, Physical Education, Social Studies, Music, and Guidance, with 75% of the instructional time spent studying Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.  The school offers services for students with special learning needs and remedial instruction in Reading and Math.  Services are provided for students identified as gifted and talented.

A copy of the semester instructional plan for each subject is available for parents upon request.

HONOR ROLL- Students in grades 4-5 are recognized on the A Honor Roll for making all A's, O's, and S's.  Students with all A's, B's, O's, and S's will be on the A-B Honor Roll.  Good handwriting is encouraged, but not counted for honor roll purposes.  (Poor handwriting, however, may result in poor grades in an area where the teacher cannot read a student's written work.)  Students’ performance in Art, Library, Physical Education, and Music must be satisfactory for placement on the honor roll.

CONFERENCES- The school has planned parent-teacher conferences at the end of the first and third six weeks marking periods in order to inform parents of student progress.  Parents are able to request conference times that best suit their schedule. The request form should be returned as soon as possible. It is very important for parents to come to the school at conference time in order to see samples of their child’s work and to discuss their child's progress.

USE OF TESTS- Student grades upon which promotion is based are gathered from daily performance and normal testing that takes place daily, weekly, or as a scheduled part of the instructional program and evaluation process.  These tests may include the weekly spelling tests, chapter/unit tests, and other teacher-made assessments.  These results will be used as a factor to promote or retain students.

The Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests measure skills learned from classroom instruction. The SOL Tests provide information which helps the teacher and school evaluate instructional needs of the individual student and the entire school.  They are not used to promote or to retain elementary students.

The profile sheets of the SOL tests offer explanations of the terms and skills tested.  When report cards and test profile sheets are sent home, please review these thoroughly with your child.  Let your child know that you are interested and offer encouragement.  Good grades are important, but it is important that we accept a child for doing the very best that he can.  Parents are encouraged to check grades on line. One pass entry will work while your child is enrolled in ACPS.  Please contact the office for your password and log in.

If you have concerns or questions, please schedule a conference with the teacher or principal to help you better understand how your child is performing in school.  By working together we can help your child achieve his best!

PARENT CONTACT- It is extremely important that the office, nurse, and child's teacher have telephone numbers where parents or a responsible adult can be reached during the day.  Parents should make sure that the school can contact them in case of illness of their child.  Please let the school know who may be contacted if parents are not going to be at home or work.  We respect an individual's choice of an unlisted phone number and do not share that information with outside parties.

Do not send verbal messages with students.  If your child is to go home a different way from normal, please send a note.

Unless we have a signed note from a parent, children will be sent home according to normal procedures. 

CLINIC/MEDICAL ASSISTANCE- When a student becomes ill at school; every effort will be made to notify parents.  The school is not allowed to administer medication to children without parental permission.  First aid will be administered for minor scrapes and cuts.

If a student becomes seriously injured at school, every effort will be made to contact the student's parent/guardian.  In emergency situations, when the parent/guardian cannot be contacted, the school will arrange for medical assistance by contacting the rescue squad or taking the student to the emergency room of the hospital.

EMERGENCY PLANS- The school has emergency plans.  These are reviewed with students, and students practice what to do in the event of a fire, emergency exit, tornado, bus accident, lock down, or violent or threatening behavior.

TRANSPORTATION TO SCHOOL- The Alleghany County Public Schools Division provides students with the privilege of transportation to school and home.  This privilege comes with responsibilities for students while riding a school bus. Many of the roads in the school district are narrow and winding and require the constant attention of our bus drivers.  Students must recognize that their primary responsibility while riding the bus is to cooperate with the bus driver.  This cooperation is essential to ensure the safe transport of students to and from school.  Failure to cooperate may result in a student losing the privilege of riding the bus.

In order to ensure a safe trip to and from school, students should practice the following responsibilities when riding the bus:

1.  Follow the bus driver's directions while riding the bus at all times.

2.  Arrive at your stop early.  Stand away from the road.

3.  Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to board the bus.

4.  Sit facing the front of the bus at all times. Hands and book bags should be held in your lap.

5.  Talk softly.  Keep noise to an absolute minimum. The driver must be able to concentrate on driving.

6.  Students must ask for permission to open the bus windows.  Hands and other objects must remain inside the bus.

7.  Exit the bus after it comes to a complete stop.  Exit in an orderly fashion, at the driver's instructions.

8.  Students may not bring prescription or nonprescription medications to school on the bus.

At the beginning of the school year, students will participate in activities that stress bus safety, including bus safety drills.  Parents need to read with their children the safety rules and regulations issued by the school division at the beginning of the year.

In the event of a transportation emergency, transportation arrangements to school or home for affected students will be determined by the Supervisor of Maintenance and Transportation.  All students to be transported will be done so by an Alleghany County School Board employee with a valid driver’s license.

RIDING A DIFFERENT BUS- Requests for a student to ride a bus other than his own, or to get off at a bus stop other than his own, must be made by the parent in writing.  The note should state the date, bus number, and stop.  Requests must be brought to the office for approval before 9:00 a.m.  Approval will be granted if this does not cause overcrowding on the bus.  Students will be issued a bus pass to be given to the driver.  A parent must send a note if he will be picking up his child when his child is not riding the bus.

LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PROGRAM-  Our school participates in the Federal School Breakfast and Lunch Program and serves a nutritious breakfast and lunch each school day. Breakfast is not served when schools are on a two-hour delay.

Parents may apply for free or reduced student meals at the beginning of the school year or at any time there is a change in the family's financial situation.  Any student who qualified for free or reduced lunch and breakfast last year is eligible for free or reduced meals for the first 10 days of school.  You must file a new application during this time for the new year.

Students may bring their lunches to school if they wish.  Milk may be purchased at school for $0.45.  Students should drink milk, water, or fruit juice with their lunch.  A healthy diet is stressed.  Sodas are not permitted at lunch or other times during the school day except for approved activities.  The prices for 2017-2018 are as follows:

                     Regular      Reduced       Adult

    Breakfast:         .80           .30          $1.30

    Lunch:          $2.10           .40          $3.00

There is a $20.00 charge limit.  All returned checks must be collected within five school days or check privileges will be suspended until the check is paid.  Letters stating student charges in the cafeteria will be sent home to parents weekly.

Fast food or restaurant food items are not allowed in the cafeteria during breakfast and lunch.

Ice cream will not be sold during the lunch period.  All students are expected to eat lunch since it is a part of a healthy lifestyle.  Parents will be notified if this becomes a problem.

Ice cream costs $0.50 and $0.75, and may be purchased at the direction of the teacher between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.  At times fruit and other snacks are available.  Depending on the item and the season, the cost varies between $0.50 - $1.00.

The school observes special events in the cafeteria such as School Nutrition Week and Employees’ Recognition Day.  Parents and grandparents are encouraged to come and share lunch with their child.  Please send a note or call the school if you would like to eat lunch with your child.  Adults pay the adult price for meals.

Students may pay for meals daily or in advance weekly or monthly.  They may pay the cashier in the cafeteria by check or cash.  Children may purchase juice or additional food items.

PERFORMING ARTS- Students are invited to attend several performing arts programs each year. Parents are invited to view these shows.  A fee may be charged for these plays. 

COMPETITIVE SPORTS- Competitive sports of a varsity nature (scheduled league games) are prohibited as part of the elementary school program.

DIRECTORY INFORMATION- The names and addresses of students are released to agencies that have legitimate needs.

CODE OF CONDUCT - Students are expected to be obedient and respectful of school authorities and follow rules of good conduct.  Students are under the authority of all staff members and must follow directions and instructions given by teachers as well as teacher assistants, bus drivers, and other school workers.

Students are to become familiar with the Code of Conduct issued by the Alleghany County Public Schools Division as well as the Callaghan School Discipline Plan.  Teachers will review this with all students at the beginning of the year and discuss any additional rules that may be particular to our school or their classroom.  Parents who have questions about any of the rules should contact the school to discuss them with the teacher or the administration.  Upon review of the rules of the Discipline Plan, parents are requested to sign and return the letter to the child's homeroom teacher.

The school staff is committed to creating a safe secure learning environment by modeling and teaching appropriate behaviors.  Teachers use a variety of methods to encourage students to exercise self-discipline and restraint when necessary.  Your child is expected to follow basic classroom and school rules.  He will be aware of the consequences of breaking rules as well as the rewards of using appropriate behavior.

The student who is breaking rules is warned to correct his behavior.  If this is not effective, some consequences may include sending him to another teacher's area for a set length of time, loss of privileges, conference with the parent, or detention after school.  If, however, inappropriate behavior continues, he will be disciplined by the principal.

Please refer to the Callaghan Discipline plan which explains Time Out, Extended School Detention, and In School Suspension.

All students should be: 

  • Responsible for their words, actions, property, and school work at all times.

  • Respectful of themselves, other students, property, and all adults.

  • Be ready to learn with all needed materials, homework, and a positive attitude.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES- Students have the following responsibilities:

1.  Follow school rules, class rules, and bus rules.

2.  Be a good citizen and be honest at all times.

3.  Act in a safe and healthy manner.

4.  Use good language and manners.

5.  Walk, speak softly, and do not chew gum

6.  Follow dress policy. Dress appropriately for school.

7.  Practice student responsibilities.

8.  Will not threaten others.

9.  Turn in assignments on time.

10. Make up assignments when absent.

11. Come to class prepared and with the necessary materials.

12.  Report problems with other students to the teacher.
13.  Refrain from name calling and talking about another's family.  Rude remarks about others are not permitted.

14.  Take care of textbooks, library books, and school materials.

15.  Attend school regularly, be on time, and stay the entire day.

16.  Be positive and cooperative.

17.  Stay on school property unless permission to leave is received from the office.
18.  Move from one area of the school to another in a quiet and orderly manner.  Running, jumping, loud talking, and other disruptive behaviors are not permitted.

19.  Will not sell or trade any objects at school or on the bus.

Character Counts!  Students participate in this program designed to promote respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, caring, fairness, and good citizenship.  Lessons are taught by the guidance counselor and reinforced by teachers.  All staff, students, and school visitors are expected to model high standards of good character.

DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT- Students are entitled to a learning environment free of unnecessary disruption. Any physical or verbal disturbance which interrupts or interferes with teaching and orderly conduct of school activities, or is dangerous to the health or safety of students or others, is prohibited. Disruptive conduct will result in suspension.

PROFANE OR ABUSIVE LANGUAGE- Students shall not use vulgar, profane, or obscene language or gestures or engage in conduct that is vulgar, profane, or obscene or disrupts the teaching and learning environment.  Use of vulgar, profane, or obscene or abusive language will result in suspension.

THREATS OR INTIMIDATIONS- Students shall not make any verbal, written, or physical threat of bodily injury or use of force directed toward another person. Students shall not use electronic technology or communication devices, such as the internet or cell phones, to intimidate or threaten for any reason.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY- A student shall not assault or commit battery upon another person on school property, on school buses or during school activities on or off school property. An assault is a threat of bodily injury. A battery is any bodily hurt, however slight, done to another in an angry, rude or vengeful manner.  Voluntary fighting resulting in physical injury to another person shall be considered assault and battery.  Physical assault includes any physical confrontation that may result in no injury, minor injury, or serious injury that includes, but may not be limited to kicking, shoving, pushing, hitting, and fighting.  Fighting will result in suspension.






Bus Misconduct

Violation of ACPS Bus Rules


Possible 1-10 day bus suspension.

May result in loss of bus riding privileges.

Possible 1-10 days bus suspension.

May result in loss of bus riding privileges.

Disruptive Behavior and Minor Misconduct

Examples include: Class disruption, running, shouting, failure to work in class, and other minor misconduct.


Possible ISS.

1 Day ISS.

Parent/Guardian Notification.

Possible ISS up to OSS.

Dress Code Violation

Failure to adhere to Dress Code Policy

Request change of clothing.

Warning given.

Parent/Guardian notification.

Request change of clothing.

Parent/Guardian notification.

Possible ISS.

Incorrigible Behavior

Continued violation of the ACPS Student Code of Conduct

Up to 1-10 Days OSS.

Possible recommendation of Suspension for the year.

Parent Guardian Conference.

Up to 5-10 days OSS.

Recommendation of Suspension for the year.

Parent/Guardian Conference.


Refusal to carry out a request by any staff member.


Possible ISS.

Parent/Guardian Conference.

Up to 1 day OSS.

Parent/Guardian Conference.

Profanity and/or obscenity

Use of inappropriate language and/or material.


Possible OSS.

Parent/Guardian Conference.

ISS up to OSS.


Stealing property belonging to another person or school.

Up to 1 day OSS.

Parent/Guardian Conference.

Restitution as necessary.

Possible charges.

Up to 3 days OSS.

Parent/Guardian Conference.

Restitution as necessary.

Possible charges.

Sexual / Racial Harassment

Unwanted and/or unwelcome behavior as defined by ACPS Policy JFHA

As determined by Compliance Officer.

Responses may range from mediation and/or counseling to recommendation of expulsion with referral for criminal charges.

As determined by Compliance Officer. Responses may range from mediation and/or counseling to recommendation of expulsion with referral for criminal charges.


The willful destruction or defacement of school property


Up to OSS.

Parent/Guardian Conference.

Restitution as necessary.

Refer for criminal charges.

ISS up to OSS.

Parent/Guardian Conference.

Restitution as necessary.

Refer for criminal charges.

Violence: Fighting

Participating in, instigating, or aiding in a fight.

ISS up to 3 days OSS.

Parent/Guardian Conference.

ISS up to 5 days OSS.

Possible refer for criminal charges. Parent/Guardian Conference.

Violence: Verbal Abuse and/or Threat, Bullying, Hazing

Threatening, insulting, or in any other manner, verbally abusing another person.


Up to 3 days OSS.

Possible referral for criminal charges.


Up to 5 days OSS.

Possible referral for criminal charges.

Parent/Guardian Conference.

Weapons in School

Violation of ACPS Policy JFCD

Category A: 10 days OSS, Recommendation of Expulsion, Refer for criminal charges.


Category B: Disciplinary action up to and including a recommendation for expulsion and refer for criminal charges.

Category A: 10 days OSS, Recommendation of Expulsion, Refer for criminal charges.


Category B: Disciplinary action up to and including a recommendation for expulsion and refer for criminal charges.



BULLYING - A student, either individually or as a part of a group, shall not harass or bully others either in person or by the use of any communication technology including computer systems, telephones, pagers, or instant messaging systems.  Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, physical, verbal, or written intimidation, taunting, name-calling, and insults and any combination of prohibited activities.  Prohibited conduct includes verbal or written comments regarding the race, gender, religion, physical abilities or characteristics or associates of the targeted person.  “Bullying” means any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma.  “Bullying” includes cyber bullying.  “Bullying” does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument or peer conflict.

PERSONAL POSSESSIONS- Parents are requested to label their child's jacket, book bag, lunch box and other items with his name.  Students are not to bring valuable possessions to school.  The school accepts no responsibility for the loss or damage to personal items. However, a lost and found box is maintained until the end of school. Items remaining are donated or discarded.  Items such as cell phones, cameras, radios, mp3 players, ipods, electronic games, toy guns, roller shoes, and other toys, etc. are not needed for the instructional program of the school and should be left at home.

OTHER CONDUCT- In addition to these specific standards, students shall not engage in any conduct which materially and substantially disrupts the ongoing educational process or which is otherwise a violation of federal, state, or local law.

WARNING AND COUNSELING- Warning and counseling will be used where appropriate to help a student when his conduct interferes with the educational process, threatens the rights of others, or is contrary to school policy or regulation and needs to be corrected.  Teachers, counselors, and administrators will contact parents by phone, letter, or report card in an effort to keep them informed of their child's conduct.  Parents with concerns should contact the school.

TIME OUT, EXTENDED SCHOOL DETENTION, IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION- There are four types of behavior intervention available:  Time Out, In School Suspension, Extended School Detention, and Saturday School.  Time Out is used for short periods of time as needed for minor offenses.  Extended School Detention (ESD) may be used for students who do not turn in assignments, fail to complete homework, disrupt the class, and/ or violate school rules and policies.  If there is a concern with your child, a teacher will notify the parents of the problem and request your cooperation in picking up your child from school after the end of the school day.  If your child is asked to stay after school, he will be supervised and expected to work on assignments described by the detaining teacher.  In School Suspension (ISS) is used when children are unable to stay for ESD or when removal from their classroom is needed. Saturday School is used for certain behaviors and school attendance issues.

DRESS POLICY- The main consideration in this policy is for the health and safety of the students and for the avoidance of disorder in the school operation.  All attire should reflect modesty and the avoidance of distracting influences. Shorts may be worn if they reflect good taste and are not too short or too tight.  Appropriate short and skirt length for grades 4-5 should come to or near the knee.  Messages on clothing, jewelry, and personal belongings that relate to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, vulgarity, or reflect adversely on persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, national origin, or ancestry are not permitted.

Appropriate dress includes clothing that covers the body so as not to attract excessive attention to oneself.  See-through apparel, tank tops, halter tops, bare shoulders, excessive exposure, and mid-cut shirts/tops are not acceptable.  Undergarments must be covered by clothing.  Shoes or sandals that fasten securely to the feet must be worn for health and safety reasons. Students may not wear flip flops. Tennis shoes are required for play in the gym.  Hats are not to be worn in the school building by students, staff, or visitors.

Students dressed inappropriately may call parents to bring proper dress. In the event that parents cannot be reached in a timely fashion, the students will be asked to change to appropriate clothes from the school supply.

CLASS BOOK- A class book is published in the spring.  All students who have their photographs made by the school photographer will have their pictures and names in the class book.  Any parent who desires to not have his child's picture and name in the class book must notify the principal in writing by November 1, 2017.

HOME-SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS-  In addition to report cards and deficiency reports, the school maintains open communications with the home through parent-teacher conferences, local newspaper articles, radio broadcasts, the school web site, email, semester outlines, newsletters, personal notes, and telephone calls.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM- The Callaghan Staff recognizes the valuable contributions that volunteers can make to the instructional program.  The school has a volunteer program and interested patrons may sign up by contacting the school.  Volunteers will be used in situations where there is a need.  A volunteer workshop will be scheduled to help all volunteers understand their role.  Volunteers must be approved by the principal and participate in the annual training prior to volunteering in the school.  Volunteers who wish to stay for lunch are requested to notify the school cafeteria in advance.

SAFETY COMMITTEE- During the 1999-2000 school year, a committee of employees and concerned parents was formed to ensure the safety of students, faculty and visitors in the school. Parents and community volunteers who receive training will be placed in the hallways to monitor movement of students and visitors in the school and to heighten awareness of safety issues within the school. If you would like to volunteer, or have suggestions or concerns about the safety program, please contact the principal.

PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION- The school has a very active PTO and parents are strongly encouraged to support their child and school through this organization.  Meetings are held to provide Family Fun Fridays, give information to parents concerning the instructional program of the school, display student talent, present informational programs, and plan and organize school events.  Unless directed otherwise, names, addresses, and telephone numbers of parents will be made available to the PTO so that your support can be solicited. 

The PTO Board is scheduled to meet monthly after school at 5:30.  Members are invited to contribute their ideas to the organization's business by attending the general membership meeting after the board meeting.  The organization also sponsors fund-raising programs to purchase items needed for the school.  Dues are $3.00 for each person, $5.00 for two adult household members.  The officers encourage all adult family members and interested community citizens to join and support this worthwhile organization. 


Officers for 2017-2018 are:



Amanda Webb


President Elect

Ashley Terrell



Tiffany Redman



Stephanie Carter


Treasurer & Fundraising

Suzanne O'Conner


Past President

Jennifer Cales


Faculty Representatives

Mrs. Dressler


Mrs. Smith


Snack Sales

Jessica Bowyer


Hospitality Committee

Amanda Tucker

(304) 772-5805

31 Bingo

Amanda Webb


Holiday Shop Co-Chairs

Tiffany Redman
Kayla Gibson


Trunk or Treat Co-Chairs

Jennifer Cales
Amanda Webb
Ashley Terrell




Parent Advisory Committee

Jessica Bowyer
Tiffany Redman




- The Advisory Council was formed to provide a format for parents to discuss projects, concerns, and issues relating to the school.  All parents are invited to attend.  If you have an issue for the agenda, please contact the principal.  The Council plans to meet monthly except for July and December. The PAC representatives listed above meet to advise the superintendent on county school issues and concerns. They report information back to the principal and interested citizens.

SPECIAL DRESS DAYS- Students are invited to participate with staff in special dress days.  Special dress days are usually the second and last Friday of each month that school is in session.  The second Friday special dress will be announced each month and the dress usually matches the season.  The last Friday is Callaghan School shirt day.

Best Dress days are scheduled to honor education on November 16 and May 3.

Popcorn will be sold by the PTO in September and January.  Parents are requested to send in nutritious snacks for sale in the other months; the schedule is listed on the next page.



Non-Discrimination Statement

The Alleghany County School Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, political affiliation, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  The following have been designated as the contact regarding compliance issues associated with this non-discrimination policy and compliance with Title IX:  Director of Human Resources and Pupil Personnel and Director of Assessment and Accountability.  For questions and compliance with Section 504 and ADA contact the Director of Special Education.  Alleghany County School Board Office, 100 Central Circle/P.O. Drawer 140, Low Moor, Virginia 24457. 540-863-1800.