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Student Fees

An instructional fee of $7.00 is required for all students in Pre-Kindergarten - 5th grade. This fee covers the cost of PE equipment and first aid supplies.  This should be paid as soon as possible.

School Hours

7:30...............School Building Opens

7:30 - 7:55....Breakfast

7:50...............Students report to class

7:55...............Class Begins

2:28...............School Dismisses


Students are not to be dropped off prior to 7:30 a.m.

We will have staff on duty to supervise students beginning at 7:30 each morning. The doors will be unlocked at this time. Students arriving between 7:30 - 7:55 will either report to their grade-level specific area or to the cafeteria for breakfast. Students must be in the building by 7:55 to eat breakfast. The cafeteria will stop serving breakfast at 8:00.


The school day begins at 7:55 and ends at 2:28. Your child must be in attendance for at least one half the school day to be counted present.  This means that a child must arrive by 11:15 and stay the rest of the day to be officially present. A child who leaves before 11:15 and does not return to school will be counted absent for the day.

Tyro’s school day begins promptly at 7:55.  High school students take responsibility to arrive at school everyday on time; however, elementary students are much different.  They require parent/guardian assistance in getting up and preparing for their day.  One of the most valuable times of the school day is the morning. Morning announcements are made, teachers define their daily plans, and instructional goals are reviewed with questions answered.  The tone of your child’s school day is set in the first few minutes of class. Please help support your student in learning habits that will help them be successful in elementary school and throughout life.

If transporting your child through the car rider line becomes too hectic, feel free to contact the school to arrange bus transportation.  Students are NEVER late when they ride the school bus!

Yet, if your student arrives late, they will be given a "Tardy Pass" and sent to the classroom.  A parent/guardian must walk the child into the building.

Any Student who arrives late to school or leaves early more than 5 times during a 9-week marking

period will not qualify for Perfect Attendance for the 9 weeks.

Student Departures

  • Students remain in class until called to the office to depart from school. Parents are NOT to go to the classroom due to custody issues and the safety of all students. Only a parent, guardian, or legal custodial parent may pick up a student unless request is made in writing for the student to leave school with someone else. They must come to the office and sign out the student.
  • The adult will be asked to show an ID or verify certain information.

Residency and Enrollment Requirements

In order to attend Tyro Elementary School, a student must legally reside within the school boundary lines. Two proofs of residency will be required. All students entering for the first time will need documented immunization records and birth certificate. If the school receives notification you have moved, you will be

required to submit 2 proofs of residency.

If you request car transportation for ‘the remainder of the school year’ from bus transportation you will also be required to submit 2 current proofs of residency.  

Car Line/AM Drop off

We have 2 choices available for dropping off students in the morning beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Choice 1: Stay in the car line and a staff member will assist your child in getting out of the car.

Choice 2: Park in a parking spot and walk your child to the crosswalk

Please do not drop your child off

in the parking lot


  • Breakfast is served from 7:30 - 8:00 each morning. Students riding in cars should be in the cafeteria between 7:30 - 7:55 to eat breakfast.
  • If you wish to apply for free or reduced lunch and breakfast, the applications need to be filled out completely
  • The cost of meals in the elementary schools this year are:
  • Cost of student breakfast: $1.50
  • Cost of student lunch: .. ...$2.75
  • Adult breakfast/lunch:  Al a Carte pricing
  • Please do not bring commercial lunches to your child at school, some examples being McDonald's, Wendy's and Hardees.
  • Please wait in the hall area near the cafeteria rather than going to the classroom when you come to eat lunch with your child.
  • After lunch is over, students are to return to class to continue regular instruction. Visitors are asked not to return to the classroom as this tends to disrupt routine.

Bus Information

    • School buses will not be released to run routes if there is an Active Tornado Warning in effect. Buses will run in a "watch" condition.
  • North Carolina Board of Education Policy Manual Policy states: "Unless safety factors require otherwise, Superintendent’s may not plan bus stops closer together than 0.2 miles. Each student must be at the designated stop at the time of the bus arrival." (Davidson Co. Schools asks that students be at the designated stop 10 minutes before the scheduled arrival time of the bus.)
  • North Carolina Board of Education Policy Manual Policy states: "A route may not deviate from a general path of direction for a distance of less than one-half mile and then return to the original path except for groups of 10 or more pupils, unescorted pupils in grades K-3 or special education pupils."
  • Bus drivers are prohibited from blowing the horn to alert children that the bus has arrived. Note: the horn is a safety feature and warning device. It is not to be used as an indicator for the child to start toward the bus.
  • Eating, drinking and smoking are strictly prohibited on the buses. In no case will a child be allowed to ride a different bus from which he/she is assigned, or get off at a different stop.

Parents must have reserved bus seating in May before the upcoming school year begins.  If not, there could be a possible 10-day waiting period to add the student to a route.  

Bus Behavior

Students must understand that good behavior while on the school bus is of great importance and when a person misbehaves, he/she is putting the lives of other individuals in danger. Bus misconduct will be handled seriously. No inappropriate behavior can be considered trivial if it distracts the driver and jeopardizes the safety of others. Students and parents are informed that riding the school bus is a privilege that may be taken away for serious or continuous misbehavior. Listed below are the guidelines for student bus behavior:

  1. ... Load and unload the bus in an orderly manner.

2......Sit quietly in your seat at all times until the bus reaches the stop where you exit. Switching seats is not

       allowed without permission.

3......Never touch any of the mechanical controls.

4......Obey and respect the driver. Students should never distract the driver.

5......Observe classroom behavior except for quiet conversation. Face the front of the bus at all times, sitting

       properly in the seat; arms and legs should not extend into or block the aisle.

Bus Discipline

  • First Offense - Conference with administration. Warning given. (This step may be waived for more serious offenses.)
  • Second Offense - Bus suspension for up to 3 days
  • Third Offense - Bus suspension for up to 5 days
  • Further Offenses - Bus suspension for up to 10 days. If misbehavior continues, riding privileges may be denied for the remainder of the year.

Child Nutrition Charge Policy

The Davidson County School System participates in the National School Lunch Program

Sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which permits the school system to offer free and reduced priced meals to students who qualify. Due to reporting requirements, the child nutrition program cannot permit excessive and recurring charges of meals. Customers may pay for meals in advance.

  • Families who wish to apply for free or reduce meals must complete an application each year. The family of any DCS student may submit an application at any time during the school year. Applications are available in each school’s cafeteria, main office, or on the DCS website.
  • Applicants are responsible for meals until a free or reduced application is completed and approved.

Meal and item charges are permitted as follows for ALL Davidson County School students:

  • For all elementary and middle school students, including but not limited to reduced meal benefit students, up to three breakfasts and three lunches may be charged ($11.25).
  • NO charges will be allowed for high school students.
  • After the student has incurred charges of $11.25, the student will have a lunch meal choice of peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fresh fruit with white milk or cheese sandwich, fresh fruit with white milk and a breakfast meal choice of cereal, toast, fresh fruit and white milk. This will meet the reimbursable meal option.
  • When the student’s meal charge reaches $37.50, the account balance charge may then be turned over to a collection agency selected and approved by the Superintendent of the Davidson County Schools and the breakfast and lunch sandwich meal option will continue until the total outstanding charges are reduced below $11.25.
  • NO supplemental sales items, such as milk, cookies, ice cream or potato chips, may be charged at any time.
  • NO supplemental items will be allowed for purchase until all outstanding charges are paid in full. Any money given to the cafeteria will be applied towards any outstanding charge balance.
  • Child Nutritional Services will call all parents every Wednesday for any meal charge and will call every day for charges over $11.25.
  • If the student’s charge balance exceeds $75.00, at the discretion of the school principal and social worker, Davidson County Social Services (DSS) may be contacted in relation to potential student neglect.

Our Child Nutrition Department allows parents to prepay for meals and put money on their child’s account at This website also allows parents to get a detailed report of purchases made by their child.

Classroom Behavior

Each student has rights. However, remember that your rights should never interfere with someone else's rights, especially their right to learn.

Definition of discipline: Training that enables students to make appropriate choices in a climate of warmth and support, always beginning with clear, concise limits and with follow-up consequences.

Students will be reminded of ROAR behavior in all areas of the building.

Dress Code

The Davidson County Board of Education respects a student's right to choose his or her style of dress or

appearance. However, students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirements and expectations of a school learning environment.

Students should not wear the following:

  • Clothing that is disruptive to the teaching/learning process and is revealing, indecent, vulgar, or obscene.
  • Clothing which promotes alcoholic beverages or the use of controlled substances by words or symbols, or is of a disruptive nature.
  • Clothing that contains profanity, nudity, depicts violence or is sexual in nature by words or symbols.
  • Hats, sweatbands, bandanas, or sunglasses inside school buildings.
  • Clothing that is sheer or mesh. Undergarments that are visible.
  • Sagging pants which cause undergarments to be visible.
  • Tank tops or muscle shirts without a t-shirt.
  • Biker shorts, short shorts or very short skirts. Halter tops and/or tops showing the midsection.
  • Chains hanging from pockets.
  • No distracting jewelry, attachments from jeans to bracelet/rings will be allowed.
  • If a student is wearing inappropriate or disruptive clothing, parents will be called to bring a change of clothing for the student.
  • Also, girls should wear shorts or pants under any dresses or shirts if they plan to play on the

playground equipment.

Drugs and Weapons

  • State Law 14-269-2 states in part that, "It shall be unlawful for any person to possess, or carry ... any sharp pointed or edged instrument..." on the school campus or bus..
  • The Davidson County Board of Education Policy on Weapons and Dangerous Instruments
  • (Rule 6) is as follows: A student shall not knowingly possess, handle, or transmit any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon.
  • On the school grounds during and immediately before or after school hours,
  • On the school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by a school group,
  • Off the school grounds at any school activity, function, or event, includes buses.
  • This rule does not apply to normal school supplies like pencils or compasses, but does apply to any firearm, any explosive including firecrackers, any knife and other dangerous objects of no reasonable use to the pupil at school.
  • Students, who possess, handle or transmit firearms, as defined in Rule 6, will be suspended for one full year (365 days). Please remember: No weapons, no toy-like weapons and NO objects that can be used as weapons (such as a screwdrivers, letter openers, etc.) are allowed at school at any time.

The Davidson County Board of Education Policy on Drugs is as follows:

A student shall not possess, sell, use, transmit, conspire to transmit or distribute, or be under the influence of any narcotic drugs, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, "counterfeit drugs," alcoholic beverage, malt beverage, inhalant or intoxicant of any kind, or any controlled substance, or use, possess or distribute any drug paraphernalia. Any substance that is believed to be a prohibited substance confiscated by principal or other school officials shall be turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency for proper identification.

This policy applies:

  • On the school grounds during and immediately before and after school hours.
  • On the school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by any group, or
  • Off the school grounds at a school activity function or event, including buses

Tobacco Free School Policy

No student, staff member or school visitor is permitted to use any tobacco product at any time, including non-school hours:

  • in any building, facility, or vehicle owned, leased, rented or chartered by the Davidson County Schools
  • on any school grounds and property - including athletic fields and parking lots - owned leased, rented or chartered by the Davidson County Board of Education or at any school-sponsored or school-related event on-campus or off-campus.
  • In addition, school district employees, school volunteers, contractors or other persons performing services on behalf of the school district also are prohibited from using tobacco products at any time while on duty and in the presence of students, either on or off school grounds. Further, no student is permitted to possess a tobacco product while in any school building, while on school grounds or property or at any school-sponsored or school related event or at any other time that students are under the authority of school personnel. Tobacco products may be included in instructional or research activities in public school buildings if the activity is conducted or supervised by the faculty member overseeing the instruction or research and the activity does not include smoking, chewing, or otherwise ingesting the tobacco product.

Harassment and Bullying

The board believes that all employees and students should be free of unlawful discrimination, harassment,

including sexual harassment and bullying as a part of a safe, orderly and inviting working and learning environment. The board commits itself to nondiscrimination in all its educational and employment activities. The board expressly prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment, including on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, religion, veteran status, age or disability. The board also prohibits retaliation against an employee or student who has exercised any rights made available through state or federal law, including prohibiting retaliation for reporting violations of this policy, participating in an investigation, or participating in any process provided for under Board policies. Any violation of this policy is considered a serious violation and appropriate action will be taken in response to a violation.

Employees and students are advised that when evidence of conduct prohibited under this policy is established, disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination (for employees) and suspension (for students).  The policy of the Board of Education forbids discrimination against any employee, applicant of employment, or student on the basis of sex. The Board will not tolerate sexual harassment by any of its employees.

Student and Parent Grievance Procedure

The board strives to resolve concerns and complaints whenever possible. While the board encourages informal resolutions, the board recognizes that students and parents may want a more formal process for certain types of complaints or if an informal process was not satisfactory. This policy provides a complaint procedure that can be used as described below. This policy should not be used for complaints regarding disciplinary decisions. Student or parents wishing to appeal a disciplinary decision should contact the school principal, assistant principal or the Davidson County Schools' Hearing Officer. The current Hearing Officer is Donna Stafford, telephone: (336) 242-5548; address: P. O. Box 2057, Lexington, NC 27293.

Health Screening

Each year as part of the N. C. School Health Program, students in selected grades receive health screening by the Davidson County Health Department at their school. Screenings include: height, weight, dental, vision, and hearing. Parents are notified if a follow up screening by a physician is recommended. If a parent does not want their child to receive the screening they should inform the school office in writing at the beginning of the school year by September 1st. High school students enrolled in Allied Health Science programs may be assisting school nurses. All students will be under the direct supervision of their Allied Health Science Instructor. All information about your student is confidential.

Internet Use

The Davidson County School System (DCS) is providing students with access to the Internet. The Internet will enable students to explore thousands of databases, libraries and bulletin boards while exchanging information with Internet users throughout the world. Valuable information can be gleaned from the Internet but families are warned that some material may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. While the purposes of the school are to use Internet resources for constructive, educational goals, students may find ways to access other materials. DCS believes that the benefits of the Internet far exceed the disadvantages.

Ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. Therefore, DCS supports and respects each family's right to decide whether or not to grant permission for access. The student and parent or guardian must sign a permission form for Internet use before access is permitted. Students are responsible for appropriate behavior on the school's computer network, just as they are on school campus. Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use of the Internet may result in disciplinary or legal action. All use of the Internet involving students will be under careful supervision by the school staff, and at no time will students be allowed to access the Internet on their own.

Head Lice

Occasionally, we have cases of head lice throughout the school year. Anyone, child or adult, can get head lice. It has nothing to do with cleanliness and does not reflect poorly on parenting or the home environment. However, we must follow the Davidson County School Board Policy Number 6.36 which states:



Any student identified with head lice will be sent home at the time live bugs are found for treatment of the lice and removal of nits (eggs) from the hair. A packet containing lice and nit removal instructions will be sent home for the parents. It should be counted as an excused absence if a student is sent home prior to having been at school long enough to get counted present for the day. Students should return to school no later than the following day. Returning students should be accompanied by an adult and report to the school office to be screened again by the school designee for any remaining live lice. If live lice are found after being checked, the student should return home for an oil treatment or other alternative non-chemical treatment. It will be treated as the same occurrence. A student will be excused no more than two (2) back-to-back days for three (3) occurrences due to the presence of live lice. The family will be referred to the school nurse and/or student services (social worker or school counselor) for assistance as needed to review treatment and removal efforts, give suggestions to remedy the problem, and assist the family with a plan. All unexcused absences are subject to the consequences as set forth in the Davidson county Schools' attendance policy. Every effort should be made to keep the child in attendance to remain on track academically.


A parent must accompany the child back to the school office to be checked upon return to school. The child may NOT be sent back on the bus.

Medication Policy and Administration of Medications

There are a number of health conditions, which require the student to carry medication at all times. These would include asthma (inhalers), diabetes (insulin and glucometer), and those with severe allergic reactions (emergency epinephrine). Because one of the objectives of their medical program is self-responsibility for their medication, these students may self-medicate as their plan mandates if the following criteria are met.

If a student is required to take medication during school hours and the parent cannot be at school to administer it, school personnel may administer medications according to the following regulations. The pupil's parent or guardian must send a signed Davidson County Medication Authorization form with the pupil's name, name of medicine and its purpose, and instructions for administering the medication. All medication must be administered from the original container labeled by a pharmacist or physician, which includes the pupil's name, physician's name, name and dosage of medication, and directions for use. Long-term medication must have a doctor's authorization on a school medical form.


IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY:  If your child is in need of medication or medical attention and you cannot be reached and medication is not available 911 will be called. The parent will be responsible for any costs incurred.

A written request (Davidson County Medication Authorization form) shall be required annually from a licensed health care provider to include:

  • Student's name and birthdate
  • Name of medication/equipment
  • Dosage at school
  • Relationship to meals
  • When medication should be given
  • Side effects
  • Reason not to give medication
  • Date medication should be stopped if applicable.
  • Signature of physician, telephone number and date
  • "To keep medication on self" written on Medication form

A Davidson County Medication form completed and signed by the student's parent/guardian. This must be updated each school year. Request is reviewed by the School Nurse then the student will receive health counseling by the School Nurse, including:

  • Review of health condition, medications, triggers, precautions.
  • Role play of procedure to be used when necessary.
  • Review of medication policy and disciplinary actions for sharing medication.
  • Self-medication contract is signed by student.
  • Appropriate feedback is given from student's teacher(s) as confidentiality permits.

Bee Sting Allergy

If your child is allergic to bee stings and/or other allergies and we do not have medicine and/or instructions,

PLEASE GET THIS TO US IMMEDIATELY. If you send medicine, please label the container, put your child's name on it, and give instructions as outlined in the above section.  Please request a Davidson County Schools Student Contract for Self-Carried Medication form and a Medication Form that a licensed health care provider completes.

Classroom Volunteers/Field Trip Chaperones

Davidson County Schools requires all volunteers or chaperones to have a completed and approved Background Check form on file. This is to ensure everyone working with our students will provide a safe and nurturing environment. Tyro Elementary appreciates the valuable time parents donate to our school and the future success of our students.

NC Public School Law

NC Public School Law General Statute 115C-378: "Every parent, guardian or other person in this state having charge or control of a child between the ages of 7 and 16 years (or under age 7) who is enrolled in a public school in grades K-12…shall cause such child to attend school continuously for a period equal to the time when the public school to which the child is assigned shall be in session…"

Lawful Absences:

  • When an illness/injury occurs which prevents the student from being physically able to attend school.
  • When quarantine is ordered by the local health officer or the State Board of Health.
  • When there is a death in the immediate family.
  • When the absence is due to a medical or dental appointment.
  • When the student is a part of a court proceeding.
  • When the student participates in a religious observance in accordance with the local board policy and has prior approval of the principal.
  • When the student is involved in a valid educational opportunity and receives prior approval from the principal at least 2 days before the trip.

Reminder: These days are NOT waived, just excused. Upon the student's return, the parent must send a note within 3 school days as to the reason for the absence. If a note is not sent, the absence is coded as unlawful on the fourth day. Students should make up missed work during the first 5 school days after their return. Excused (lawful) does NOT mean waived. A doctor's note will be an EXCUSED absence.  

Attendance Policy

Students may miss a MAXIMUM of 16 days for the entire school year. Students who miss 16 or more days could be retained in the next grade unless:

  • They are granted a waiver from the attendance policy by the principal for extenuating or emergency circumstances
  • Suspension days will not be considered.
  • The principal will consider each request and reply in writing to the parent.
  • All students entering school for the first time are required to have proof of immunization against a variety of diseases.
  • If proof is not attained, the student must be suspended until such proof may be acquired.
  • These days missed from school could greatly impact a student's attendance record or ultimately result in retention if the number exceeds 16 at the end of the school year.

Visitors and Protecting Students and Utilizing Instructional Time

All visitors are to sign in and wear a visitor's tag while in the building or while on school grounds. Staff members will remind you if you forget. This includes parents in the building early in

the morning.

  • Teachers WILL NOT be called out of classrooms to talk with parents during time of student supervision (7:50 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.).
  • Parents ARE NOT to bypass the office and go to classrooms during the school day. Do not automatically sign in and go to a classroom. If you do, an administrator may ask you to leave.
  • We welcome parents at appropriate times such as their child's lunch time, book fairs, programs, conference times, report card pickups, fun days, or a pre-arranged time to visit.

Classroom Parties

Food for classroom parties must be commercially prepared, from a bakery rather than home prepared.

Teachers/Assistants must prepare any drinks made at school for students.

Section 504

If your child is currently on a 504 Educational plan and you have any concerns please contact our School Guidance Counselor at (336) 242-4800.

House Bill 1032 – Permissible Use of Seclusion and Restraint (Effective July 1 2006)

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina to:

  • Promote safety and prevent harm to all students, staff and visitors in the public schools.
  • Treat all public school students with dignity and respect in the delivery of discipline, use of physical restraints or seclusion, and use of reasonable force as permitted by law.
  • Provide school staff with clear guidelines about what constitutes use of reasonable force permissible in schools.
  • Improve student achievement, attendance, promotion, and graduation rates by employing positive behavioral interventions to address student behavior in a positive and safe manner.
  • Promote retention of valuable teachers and other school personnel by providing appropriate training in prescribed procedures, which address student behavior in a positive and safe manner.

To: All Parents and Staff

From: Davidson County Schools IPM Coordinator

This notice is being distributed to comply with the North Carolina School Children’s Health Act. Davidson County Schools has adopted an Integrated Pest Management Policy to comply with this law. IPM is a holistic, preventive approach to managing pests that minimizes pesticide use in our schools and on school grounds.

Our school system may find it necessary to use pesticides to control pests at your school or other school system sites. North Carolina state law gives you the right to be notified 72 hours in advance of pesticide applications. To exercise that right you must fill out the form located below and return it to the school principal. This form must be filled out yearly. Certain relatively low-risk pesticides are exempted from these notification requirements, including antimicrobial cleansers, disinfectants, self-contained baits and crack-and – crevice treatments, and any pesticide products classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as belonging to the US EPA’s Toxicity Class IV, “relatively nontoxic.” Your right to be notified extends to all non-exempt pesticide applications at your school or other non-school site, both indoor and outdoor pesticide applications, and including applications that take place over summer recess, holidays, weekends, or after school hours. In the event that a non-exempt pesticide must be used for a pest control emergency at your school or other site and there is not adequate time to notify you more than 72 hours in advance, and you have requested advance notice, you will receive a notice of emergency pesticide application less than 72 hours before, or as soon as possible after the pesticide application.

Request for Notification before Non-Exempt Pesticide Applications

Full Name (print) _______________________________I am writing to request notification in advance of non-exempt pesticide applications at my child’s School, and/or at the school or other site where I am employed by the school district, as per my legal right under the NC School Children’s Health Act.

I understand that I can request 72 hour advanced notification only for pesticide applications which are not listed on the annual schedule. I also understand that notification requirements apply to all non-exempt pesticide applications at the relevant school or other non-school site (office, building, garage, workshop, etc.), both indoor and outdoor pesticide applications, and including applications planned for summer recess, holidays, weekends, or after school.

Pesticide products exempt from notification requirements include: antimicrobial cleansers, disinfectants, self-contained baits and crack and crevice treatments, and any pesticide products classified by the United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPS) as belonging to the US EPA Toxicity Class V, relatively nontoxic” (no signal word required on the product’s label).

In addition, I understand that should a pest control emergency require a pesticide application for which there is not adequate time to notify me 72 hours in advance, I will receive a notice of emergency pesticide use less than 72 hours, or as soon as possible after, the emergency pesticide application.