Pay for Lunches Online

You may pay for student lunches online at 8th graders must have a balance of $0 before beginning of high school. Anyone transferring to another school must have a balance of $0 for their records to be sent from a school in Henderson County.

Sickness Guideline

7 days ago


Dear Parent/Guardian:
You don’t want your child to miss school; but neither do you want to send a sick child to school to
endanger his/her health and other children as well. When should your child stay home from school?
Here are a few guidelines you should follow:
A runny nose is the way many children respond to pollen, dust, or simply a change in seasons.
If it isn’t a common cold, then it is an allergy. Allergies are NOT contagious-therefore, DO NOT keep
your child home if they simply have a runny nose.
A bad cough or cold symptoms can indicate a severe cold, bronchitis, flu or even pneumonia.
Some children suffer one cold after another all winter long. A cold is NO reason to miss school.
However, if you child isn’t acting “right”, has difficulty breathing, or is becoming dehydrated, it could be
serious and needs to be checked out by your pediatrician right away.
Diarrhea and/or vomiting make children very uncomfortable. Children should stay home
from school with ONE event of vomiting or watery diarrhea. Call your doctor if vomiting or diarrhea
continues or is accompanied by a fever, rash, or weakness. Please keep your child out of school until
these symptoms pass.
Fever greater than 100 0 is an important symptom, especially when it occurs along with a sore
throat, an earache, nausea, or a rash. Most pediatricians advise parents to keep children home from
school or after-school activities for an additional 24 hours after the fever has passed, without the use of
medications used to lower the temperature.
Strep throat/scarlet fever are two highly contagious conditions. They usually present with a
sore throat accompanied with a high fever. A child with either strep throat or scarlet fever should be
kept home and treated with antibiotics, as prescribed by your physician. After 24 hours on an antibiotic,
a child is usually no longer contagious and may-with a doctor’s note-return to school.
Chicken pox is a very uncomfortable and extremely contagious virus. If your child has a fever,
it itching, and begins to break out into pink/red blisters, the chances are good that it is chicken pox.
Please let the school know once your child is diagnosed. Keep your child home from school at least a
week from the time you noticed the symptoms.
Pink eye is highly contagious and uncomfortable, so take heed when your child complains of
their eye/eyes burning, itching, and producing a whitish discharge. This will require treatment with
prescription medicated eye drop. It is best to follow the advice from your doctor as to when your child
may return to school.
**If your child becomes sick at school, they will be sent home based on these guidelines. You will
be called to come get your child if the nurse, teacher, and/or staff feel that your child may be contagious.
It is ESSENTIAL that the school office has a phone number where you can be contacted during the day
and an emergency number in the event you cannot be reached. Please make sure arrangements can be
made to transport your child home from school and that childcare is available in case of illness, should
your child not be able to stay home alone. If your daytime or emergency phone number changes during
the year, please notify your child’s teacher IMMEDIATELY!
Healthy Children Learn Better

Henderson County School Nurses are doing their part. Thank you for doing yours.

Child Abuse Coordinator

The social, emotional, and physical well- being of all of our students is important at South Side Elementary School. In order to protect and support our students and to be in compliance with Public Chapter 708, Teresa Nowell, our school counselor, is our designated Child Abuse Coordinator. If you have any concerns please contact at 731-602-4010. In the event that the counselor is unavailable, please ask to speak with the school principal.

Title IX Coordinator

4 months ago

Stacey Valle
Title IX Coordinator
35 E. Wilson St.
Lexington, TN 38351

Please contact Stacey Valle with any concerns or complaints concerning sexual harassment or sexual discrimination regarding Henderson County School district.

Exemplary School District

The Tennessee Department of Education announced on August 15th that the Henderson County School District has been designated as an Exemplary District for the second year in a row. Henderson County is one of 20 out of 145 districts statewide to be recognized. To receive Exemplary Status districts must exceed expectations of state requirements for all students by increasing achievement levels, showing faster academic growth, and narrowing achievement gaps. In addition, five schools in the district were designated as Reward Schools. Reward status is the highest distinction a school can earn in Tennessee. Reward schools are those that are improving overall student academic achievement and student growth. In the Henderson County School District five schools earned this status: Beaver Elementary School, Southside Elementary School, Westover Elementary School, Lexington High School, and Scotts Hill High School. In addition to being an exemplary district, Henderson County is also designated as a Level 5 School District. Attainment of Level 5 is the highest distinction that can be achieved for student growth which is designated by the state as TVAAS scores (Tennessee Value Added Assessment System). The five schools in Henderson County to achieve a Level 5 are: Beaver Elementary School, Southside Elementary School, Westover Elementary School, Lexington High School, and Scotts Hill High School. Director of Schools, Mr. Steve Wilkinson, is very proud of the accomplishments of the school system. Mr. Wilkinson stated “Henderson County is blessed to have dedicated teachers who go above and beyond for students every day. We want to thank our students for coming to school each day focused and ready to learn. With the support of teachers, partnerships with parents, administrators, support staff, School Board, and the County Commission, Henderson County Schools will continue to prepare students to become responsible and engaged citizens.”

Pre - School

Please join us on Tuesday March 14th at 5 PM in the school cafeteria.