Student Handbook

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Our Mission

The mission of the Richard City Special School District and Richard Hardy Memorial School is to provide an educational environment that inspires members of the school community to reach their highest potential by promoting a love of learning, a respect of others, and a sense of civic responsibility and self discipline.



Our Vision


In the early 1920's, Mr. Richard Hardy founded the Richard City Deptford Independent School District. The school was established based upon Mr. Hardy's Creed, which has remained as the cornerstone for all that has been accomplished here since those early days. The messages therein are timeless; a set of guiding principles which remain strong in today's time. Therefore, our vision is simply to create and maintain a learning environment for the Richard Hardy community which upholds the principles set in Mr. Hardy's creed and provides the necessary preparation for our students to achieve the kind of life well-lived that Richard Hardy envisioned.


Our Goals

Goal 1: Our learning programs will be designed so that all students are successful.

Goal 2: The learning environment for teaching and learning will be safe, disciplined and well maintained.

Goal 3: Family, school and community partnerships will be fostered to promote student learning.

Goal 4: The system, school and classrooms will be organized as communities of learning.

Goal 5: Resources will be allocated to further the mission, vision, and goals of the Richard City School District and Richard Hardy Memorial School.



Our Beliefs

We believe that the following are necessary for the optimal learning environment:


  • Safety and Security, both inside and outside the buildings
  • Clean, comfortable, attractive surroundings
  • The consistent use of a positive, proactive approach
  • High levels of expectation in all things
  • Productivity and effective use of time
  • Consistent emphasis upon motivating ALL students
  • Freedom from unnecessary distraction
  • Valuing of diversity
  • An air of professionalism and cooperation
  • High expectations of personal integrity for adults and students
  • Strategies and opportunities which engage and hold the attention of all learning styles
  • A realistic/holistic approach to instruction and accountability
  • Curriculum that is rigorous and relevant
  • Well trained faculty and staff who support the premise that all students can learn
  • A high level of involvement by parents and the community
  • A balance between maintaining strong traditions of the past and the changes necessary for the future
  • An atmosphere of energy, excitement, and positive regard for all
  • A clear understanding among all that STUDENTS COME FIRST and are the center of all we do; the reason for our existence as a school system


Richard City Special School District and Richard Hardy Memorial School do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age. Any instance of discrimination or sexual harassment should be reported to the principal or director of schools for immediate investigation.


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“Grant me the boon of a life that is useful and earnest; the privilege of honest toil and well-earned rest; large hearted courage to cheer each faithful soul that strongly strives and wins or fails; kindly word and act for those who grieve; eyes to see the beauties that nature paints on land and sky and sea; ears to hear each music voice of life; senses to comprehend the meaning of the eternal plan; the confidence and trust of friends, more dear than glittering wealth or laurels rare or soon forgotten praise. Grant me these my Father’s God and mine and when my summons sounds from out the sunset skies, I’ll go with hastening feet and joyous heart to tell Thee my gratitude for life.”Richard Hardy


“Caring enough to ensure that our students succeed.”

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  • Nestled in a peaceful valley
  • Columns rising high,
  • Stands our trusted Alma Mater
  • Shaping all our lives
  • With a dream and creed to guide us
  • Hawks will ever fly,
  • Pressing onward toward the future
  • Soaring to the sky!
  • In the halls of Richard Hardy
  • Memories we share,
  • Growing, learning, loving, laughing
  • Always will be there.
  • With a dream and creed to guide us
  • Hawks will ever fly,
  • Pressing onward toward the future
  • Soaring to the sky!


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  • Breakfast served in the cafeteria 7:00 AM
  • School opens 7:30 AM
  • Class begins 7:45 AM
  • Kindergarten Classes End 2:30 PM
  • School Ends 2:45 PM
  • Front Porch Supervision Begins 3:00 PM
  • After School Care Begins 3:00 PM

Passes. Any teacher or staff member may ask to see your pass. Please present it to them in a courteous manner. Human nature sometimes wants to be slow about getting back to class on time. Our goal in checking your pass is to help you get the most time-on-task in your studies. Teachers will have sign in and sign out sheets.

Library Information. Students have regular times to go to the library for skills instruction and opportunities to check out books. Books may be checked out/in from 8:00-8:30 A.M. and at other times as scheduled. Students in grades K-5 should have permission and a pass from their homeroom teacher to go to the library during the morning session.

Lost and Found. Lost and found items are to be turned in by the finder to the lost and found box located outside the bathroom in the middle school. Please label all supplies, jackets, lunchboxes, etc., so that if they are misplaced, we can return them to the owner. Once each month (on or before the last working day of the month), the lost and found articles may be sent to a local charity if not removed or may be put in the trash.

Lockers. Lockers must be used by students in grades 7-12 for a $5.00 locker fee. Locks not obtained from RHMS may not be put on our lockers. If these locks are found, they will be cut off. This policy has been implemented due the increased needs in the area of safety and security. Students should not share their locker combinations with each other as things have been stolen or vandalism has occurred. These lockers should be kept neat and free of protruding objects, stickers, etc. Nothing can be attached to the lockers but magnetic accessories. There will be periodic checks of locker cleanliness. The lockers belong to the school. The teachers and administrators have the right to search the locker and its contents at any time. Students who do not follow the rules for lockers or who abuse or damage their locker will have their locker taken from them with no refund of fees.

Immunization/Health Record. When students enroll at RHMS, they must have an up-to-date immunization (shot) record on file in the office on the appropriate Tennessee Form. Additional shots may be required according to the State Health Department’s directives. Students must also have had a complete health physical within the last three years in order to enroll at RHMS. All students coming from out-of-state are required by State law to have a new physical in order to enroll.

Student Insurance. All students participating in interscholastic sports (basketball, baseball, golf, volleyball, cheer-leading, etc.) must have proof of full coverage insurance before participating. Proof of insurance (copy of insurance form) must be provided to the Athletic Director prior to the first day of practice.

Medicine. Medicine should be dispensed at home whenever possible. According to state law, if your child must take medicine at school, he/she must be competent to self-administer the necessary prescription medication with assistance from the school nurse. For occasional medication, the student must have a note signed and dated by the parent giving permission, dosage, and time for the school nurse to assist with self-administration of medication. (The school nurse will assist students with self-administration primarily by providing storage of and timely distribution of medication.) Students who are on daily medication that must be taken during school hours will have a form to fill out for our files before medication can be administered. The student and the school nurse will then document the self-administration of medication.

Flower Deliveries. Flower arrangements and balloons will not be accepted for a student during the school day.

Inclement Weather. According to RHMS Board Policy, RHMS will make all decisions about school closings. The announcement will be made on all local news channels if the need arises to close school. We will no longer do what Marion County does on the first day.

Textbooks. Hardbound textbooks are not consumable. They are used for multiple years. Therefore students need to work hard at keeping books in their best condition as it will benefit all students.

  • Keep a cover on all textbooks all year long.
  • Do not mark in a textbook unless instructed to do so by a teacher.

The condition of each textbook will be assessed each semester. We try to use our textbooks for at least five years if not more. If a textbook was issued in serviceable condition but is lost, destroyed or rendered un-serviceable through damage, the cost of the textbook will be charged to the student on a pro rata basis of the semester of issue. For example, if a text book is rendered un-serviceable, the cost of replacement will be at the discretion of the librarian. Please note that a new textbook will not be issued until the old one is paid for.


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Out-of-District Tuition – Students living outside the Richard City Special School District boundaries, but still in the state of Tennessee pay $100.00 tuition per year as set by the Richard City Board of Education. Payment of tuition is expected on the first day of school. If you move out of state or out of district during the school year, you will be expected to pay tuition.

Out-of-State Tuition – Out-of-State tuition must be collected on every child that does not live in the State of Tennessee. By Tennessee State Law, the Richard City Special School District must collect an amount equal to the amount of money the State provides our system to educate children living in Tennessee. Out-of-State tuition for the school year is $4,455.00 per child. If a student moves out of state during the school year, Mrs. Tuders must be informed immediately.

Proof of Residency – RHMS will require you to show proof of residency in our district or in our state at any time . Examples of such proof would be a rent receipt or utility bill in the parents’/guardian’s name. Proof of residency must be of the Custodial parent/guardian/or individual with power of attorney.

Money for supplies, lunch, etc. – Please send correct change if at all possible. For small children, enclose money in a labeled envelope or baggie so that the teacher will know exactly what it is for. If you have children in one or more classrooms, money for lunch, etc., must be sent separately.

Returned Checks – There will be $30.00 fee administered for all returned checks.

Debt to School – If parents or students owe a debt to the school at the end of each nine weeks, the following documents will be withheld until payments or arrangements are made with the Finance Office to clear the debt: diploma, final report cards and/or transcripts.

Fees/Fines for lost or damaged textbooks and Library Books – Fees/fines for lost or damaged textbooks and library books will be charged to the student to whom the book is assigned or checked out. Students are fined $0.05 (5 cents) a day for late library books, and will not be allowed to check out another book until the fine is paid. Grade cards are held until all outstanding fees are paid.

Activity Fees - An annual activity fee of $50.00 is charged to each student to provide for the value-added educational supplies not normally supplied by the State. Some examples of these purchases are: assignment books, special workbooks, additional copying paper, special student incentives, etc.


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Richard Hardy Memorial School provides breakfast and lunch to students in PreK-12th grades. The cafeteria staff keeps everything running smoothly. RHMS does not have a "working" kitchen, so meals are brought in from a neighboring school.cafeteria

Breakfast FREE for all students
Additional or Extra items must be paid for.
Adults - $1.00
Lunch FREE for all students
Additional or Extra items must be paid for.
Adults - $3.50
A La Carte Items are Cash Only - No Charges
Milk - $0.50 OJ - $0.50 Ice Cream - $0.50
General Serving Times
Everyone 7:00 AM - 7:40 AM
Kindergarten 10:30 AM - 10:55 AM
1st, 2nd, 3rd 10:35 AM - 11:00 AM
Pre-Kindergarten 11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
4th, 5th, 6th 11:10 AM - 11:35 AM
7th, 8th 11:45 AM - 12:10 PM
9th thru 12th 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

Parents Eating with Your Child. We would love to have you come and eat with your child. We simply need to know ahead of time in order to ensure that we have enough food as we contract for our lunches by the meal. If parents or grandparents wish to eat school lunch with their child the school must be notified before 8:30 A.M. Please call the cafeteria manager at 837-7282 x109.

Other Visitors. Time allotted for lunch is very brief. No other visitors besides parents and grandparents are allowed at lunch time. In the past, former graduates have been allowed, but this has become a distraction and safety issue. For this reason, students are not allowed to have visitors OR leave campus for lunch.

*Free and Reduced Priced Lunch & Breakfast. Free and Reduced priced lunches and breakfasts are available for ALL students. A family form must be completed for each student in the family each year. Please let us know if assistance is needed in any way. This information is kept confidential.

Bringing Personal Lunch. Students may only bring enough food for themselves. Bringing such things as 2-liter bottles of coke or large bags of chips does not follow the nutrition guidelines of the State Department of Education and is not authorized except for school approved parties/events.

Dessert/Snack Money. Ice cream money cannot be combined on one check with lunch and milk money. Parents are encouraged not to send ice cream money for students in grades preK-5 until Friday. Children who pay in advance for Friday’s ice cream will not be given a refund if they forget to get dessert on Friday. Make all checks payable to RHMS.

Ordering Lunch. Since our lunch is catered, our lunch count must be called into our caterer by 8:30 A.M. If your child is coming in after 8:15 it is possible that they could get in their order by going to the cafeteria when they sign in. However, if the time is close, it is suggested that you purchase a lunch and send it with your child as the count may have already been faxed over.

Charging Lunches. Lunches may only be charged twice before payment will be required.

Refunds. There will be no refunds for money turned into the school for things like field trips, supply fees, lunch or tuition. If you transfer schools you forfeit the money.


This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.