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Parents' Right to Know

SOWEGA S.T.E.M. Charter School
P. O. Box 300, Shellman, GA 39886

Dear Parent/Guardians:

Your child attends SOWEGA S.T.E.M. Charter School, which receives Federal Title I funds to assist students in meeting state achievement standards. For the 2016-17 school year, the school is not on the list of Priority, Focus, or Alert schools.

At SOWEGA S.T.E.M. Charter School, we are very proud of our teachers and feel they are ready for the coming school year and are prepared to give your child a high-quality education. As a Title I school, we must meet federal regulations related to teacher qualifications as defined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). These regulations allow you to learn more about your child's teachers' training and credentials. We are happy to provide this information to you. At any time, you may ask:

    Whether the teacher met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject he/she is teaching.
    Whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived, and

• What undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.


You may also ask whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional. If your child receives this assistance, we can provide you with information about the paraprofessional's qualifications.

Our staff is committed to helping your child develop the academic knowledge and critical thinking he/she needs to succeed in school and beyond. That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and paraprofessionals are highly skilled.


All students riding the bus must have a new application on file each year if they are riding the bus. The following are pick up and drop off locations.

Preston: Courthouse

Centerpoint: Volunteer Fire Department

Parrott: Alstons

Sasser: Kountry Korner

Dawson: Piggly Wiggly

Cuthbert: Miller Supply

Lumpkin: Five Star Bank

Richland: Axis Dance

Please contact Deborah Richter - - if you have any questions.

 Transportation Policy

 SECTION 1.1.  The School's primary transportation method shall be parent or guardian drop off or pick up of students to and from school daily. 

 SECTION 1.2.  To ensure the safety of all students, staff, and visitors, the principal or authorized school leader shall establish procedures including, but not limited to:  authorization processes for dismissal and pickup, drop off and pick up times, routes, supervision, and load/un-load processes.  These procedures shall be published in the student handbook each year and updated periodically as needed for efficiency and safety.  

 SECTION 1.3.  Parents, guardians, day-care buses/vans, and other authorized individuals dropping off or picking up students shall comply with all procedures set forth by the principal or other authorized school leader.  The principal or other authorized school leader is authorized to take measures (including debarment from access to the property) to address habitual non-compliance with the School's transportation policy and procedures which infringe upon the safety of students, staff and visitors or which impedes the efficiency of arrival and dismissal processes.

 SECTION 2.  Busing

 SECTION 2.1.  When available, students may be transported to and from school in vehicles owned by the [Sschool] or other approved vehicles, including charter buses or vans, which are compliant with applicable laws and state regulations related to transporting public school students (including obtaining a copy of the driver's proof of legally required minimum insurance and the appropriate certifications ).   For any school bus driver employed by the [School], the  [School] will maintain records confirming that the driver has completed all necessary training and other requirements of the Georgia Department of Education.

 SECTION 2.2.  For fieldtrips and other off-site events where transportation is provided, School shall procure the permission and medical release for students by parents or guardians and shall maintain records in accordance with the approved records retention schedule. 

 SECTION 2.3.  For school sponsored events, such as fieldtrips, priority of transportation to be used should be in the following order:

 1. System or school owned buses

2. Alternate transportation

3. School employee's private vehicles

4. Parent's private vehicles

 SECTION 2.4.  Students shall be required to follow all safety regulations required of passengers riding on school vehicles.

 SECTION 2.5.  Students or children under the age of 18 who are not enrolled at School shall not be permitted to ride in vehicles provided by School.

 SECTION 3.  Walking and Biking.

 SECTION 3.1.  The School's Governing Board recognizes the benefits of exercise, including walking and biking.  However, to ensure the safety of all students, Southwest Georgia STEM prohibits unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 from walking or biking to and from school where established cross walks, crossing guards, or signage on streets within 1 mile of the school are not present.

 SECTION 3.2.  The School will accept or release students from the car rider area only to the care of a parent or guardian or other individual previously approved in writing by the parent or guardian.

 Adopted February 21, 2018