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2024-2025 Calendar

TPSD Mission and Goals

The Tupelo Public School District serves the community by engaging each
student in an excellent education that develops skills and citizenship
needed for success in a global society.
                                                               1. Increase student achievement across the district.
                                                         2. Provide a safe, secure and orderly environment in all schools.
                                                                          3. Attract and retain all stakeholders.
                                                                          4. Maintain Sound financial stability.


Superintendent/Board of Trustees/Non-Discrimination

2023 School Board
Board Members: Mr. Paul Mize, Mrs. Amy Tate, Secretary,  Mr. John Milstead,
Mrs. Sherry Davis, President, Dr. Rob Picou, Superintendent, Mrs. Hope Huey, Vice President
The Tupelo Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:  
Director of Human Resources/TPSD Administrative Office Post Office Box 557  
Tupelo, MS  38802  

TPSD Board Policies

SDP's Mission and Vision

The mission of the Structured Day Program is to meet the unique educational, behavioral, social, and emotional needs of our diverse student population in a safe, disciplined, and nurturing environment to promote lifelong learning.
Motivate, Educate, Elevate

School's Commitment

• We will work tirelessly to ensure that your child secures the academic knowledge and skills to prepare him/her for their upcoming future.
• We will embrace and model the values of caring, respect, responsibility, and work to instill them in all our students.
• We will open our doors ready to accept students at 7:30 am and will remain open until 3:10 pm.
• We will always come to class prepared and will continually engage students in the challenging, rigorous work that paves the way for success in school and life.
• We will communicate with you regularly about your child’s performance and make ourselves available in person and/or by telephone. We will try to return your call within 24 hours.
• We will enforce the Code of Conduct consistently and fairly. If your child is suspended, we will notify you of the reason.

Student's Commitment

• I commit to consistently work, think, and behave in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct and will do whatever it takes for me and my classmates to learn and prepare myself for the global world.
• I will arrive to school every day by 7:30 am.
• I will remain at school daily until 3:10 pm unless there is an emergency.
• I will attend The Structured Day Program from the beginning of my assignment through completion.
• l will wear my uniform to school every day and adhere to the Structured Day Program’s dress code.
• I will raise my hand and ask questions in class if I do not understand something.
• I will embrace and consistently model the values of caring, respect, responsibility and honesty.
• I am responsible for my own behavior and I will follow the faculty, staff, administrator and security officers directions. If I make a mistake, I will tell the truth to my teachers and administrator, accept responsibility for my actions, and sincerely apologize for those who I have wronged.

Parent's/Guardian's Commitment


• We will ensure that our child comes to school every day by 7:30 am.
• We will make sure that our child promptly makes up missed work following absences.
• We understand the school day ends at 3:10 pm.
• We understand that the school year runs from the beginning of August through May.
• We will telephone the school prior to 8:00 am, no later than 10:00 am on the day of any absence to report why our child is out.
• We understand that every three unexcused tardies or early dismissals will be recorded as an unexcused absence on our child’s record and put him/her at risk of repeating the grade.
Promotion Policy
• We understand that our child must pass all core subjects in order to be promoted to the next grade for students in grades 3-8. The core subjects are mathematics, English, science, and social studies. More than one failure will result in retention. Grades 9-12 will be promoted based on the number of credits earned. Grades of students will be discussed at the intake meeting.
• We have read, understand and support the Code of Conduct including all its rules, rewards and disciplinary consequences.
• We understand that if our child is suspended that he/she shall be picked up from school on the day of the offense and that we will have to accompany the child for a meeting with the principal at the end of the suspension in order for the child to return to class.
Family Support
• We agree to attend Parent-Teacher Conference so we may collect our child’s report card and to meet with his/her teachers.
• We agree to support our child’s academic work by communicating regularly with our child’s teachers.
• We understand that we are not required to sign this contract as a term of our child’s admission to the Structured Day Program.

Hours of Operation

SDP operates on the adopted calendar of TPSD. Students shall report no later than 7:45 am daily and no earlier than 7:30 am. Late arrivals shall have a parent(s)'/guard­ian(s)' checking the student(s) into school. Students requiring early dismissal from SDP shall provide a signed note from the parent/guardian explaining the reason for early dis­missal, including the date/time of dismissal. The parent/guardian must enter the building and sign-out the student for early dismissal. Unexcused or excused absences from SDP result in an extension of time of the student's placement at SDP.

Arrival and Dismissal Times Delayed Schedule and 60 % Day

First page of the PDF file: arrivaldismissal2425

General Information

Radios, Cell Phones, and Other Electronic Devices:
  •  Mobile or other electronic devices are not be permitted in the SDP. These items shall be confiscated as contraband.
  • SDP telephones are for business purposes only. Students are not be permitted to use the telephone.
Respect (Others/Property):
Students shall treat staff, consultants, peers and visitors with respect at all times, with­ out threatening, frightening, or disturbing them. Unacceptable behaviors would include, but are not limited to:
  • Destruction of Property 
  • Physical aggression 
  • Possession of contraband
  • Harm to others and staff 
  • Theft
  • Inappropriate touching between persons
  • Collusion (ganging) to break the rules
  • Behavior which disrupts the education environment
Students shall use the equipment and supplies correctly and carefully. Students shall do their part in keeping the work areas neat and clean. Property belonging to the SDP, and all others, shall be treated with respect and care. In accordance with District policy, the student and his/her parent/guardian are financially responsible for property damage caused by the student. This would include school property and/or personal property be­ longing to staff, consultants or other students.
 Visitors are not permitted access to SDP, unless approved by the Director. Violators of this policy will subject to prosecution as trespassers. Students may not invite guests to the SDP without prior approval from the Director.
 It is impossible to describe all incidents and/or situations which may arise at the SDP. When such incidents/situations do arise, the SDP staff will consult with the assigned Central Office administrator(s).

Dress Code

Tupelo School Board Policy JCDB
A safe and disciplined learning environment is the first requirement of a good school. Young people who are safe and secure and learn basic American values and the essentials of good citizenship are better students. In response to the growing levels of violence in schools, the Structured Day School staff recognizes the need for school uniforms as one positive and creative way to reduce discipline problems and increase school safety and student achievement.
A school uniform policy can promote school safety, improve discipline, and enhance the learning environment. The potential benefits of school uniforms include:
1.Decrease in violence and theft among students over designer clothing
2.Help prevent gang members from wearing gang colors and insignia
3.Help students and parents with peer pressure
4.Help students concentrate on their school work
5.Help school officials recognize intruders who come to school
It is with these things in mind that we will adhere to the following dress code:
Students shall wear appropriate clothing and are encouraged to dress appropriately for the season. The following are examples of clothing not acceptable (this is not an all-inclusive list):
1.Hats shall not be worn or brought to school
2.*Steel toe boots or shoes
3.Unhemmed sleeveless shirts or tattered dirty clothing
4.Extremely tight fitting clothing
5.Pants hanging below the waist
6.*Combs, picks or rollers in the hair
7.Coats worn in the building
8.*Doo rags and/or head scarves
*may be considered contraband
Tops: Navy blue (polo style—three button) collared shirts with sleeves; no see-through; no writing, drawing, designs, or logos; must be long enough to be tucked in at all times. No tee shirts. Jackets and sweaters worn must be solid color navy blue, brown, gray, or white with no writing, drawings, designs, or logos and cannot be worn within the building. No hoodies shall be worn. Students shall be allowed to wear a long sleeve t-shirt underneath the navy blue collared shirt. The shirt shall be solid colored (navy, black, white, gray, or brown) with no writing or designs. Any color other than those noted shall be considered an infraction.
Bottoms: Long or short khaki pants or skirts that are knee length or below; worn at the waist; no sagging, no ornamentation, writing, drawing, designs, or logos; a belt must be worn at all times. Belt must be a neutral color with no writing or logos on the belt or buckle of the belt. No shorts shall be worn underneath the khaki pants.
Footwear: Black, navy, white, gray, or brown shoes must be worn at all times; only black, navy, white, gray or brown shoes laces; laces must be tied at all times. No boots of any kind. Only athletic shoes (i.e., sneakers) with laces shall be worn.
All clothing must be worn as designed (i.e. no arms tucked inside of shirts).
Hair should not obstruct vision and should not be of extreme color. Picks, combs, brushers, rollers, banana clips, etc. are not allowed. No designs may be cut in the hair or eyebrows slashed.
No sunglasses, gloves, hats/caps, doo rags and or head scarves will be allowed.
Neither male nor female students shall be permitted to wear jewelry.
No temporary tattoos shall be permitted.
No finger nails longer than half an inch in length.

Support Services

Title I is the largest federal aid program for elementary, middle, and high schools. Through Title I, the Federal government gives money to school districts around the country based on the number of at-risk students in each district. The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education. Title I schools have a choice as to how they set up their Title I program as long as the program helps its students meet state academic standards.


Nondiscrimination Statement
The Tupelo Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has beendesignated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:
Director of Human Resources
TPSD Administrative Office
P.O. Box 557
Tupelo, Mississippi 38802
The Tupelo Public School District routinely makes public certain directory information regarding students. This directory information includes the student name, address, telephone number, picture, height and weight of athletes, extracurricular activities, awards, honor rolls, electronic listings, Internet web pages, and other information which is typically found in school yearbooks, programs, bulletins, and student newspapers. In addition, the District discloses names, addresses, and telephone numbers to military recruiters upon request. Parents and eligible students shall have from July 15 until September 1 to review this notice and request in writing to the school principal that all or any part of the directory information not be disclosed without prior written consent.
In accordance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) regulations established by
the EPA, all school districts are required to provide an annual notification to all parents, teachers, and
employees regarding our asbestos management program. This annual notification informs all persons of
their option to review the Asbestos Management Plan for our school district.
To provide continuing management of the asbestos in our schools, all Asbestos-Containing Materials
(ACM) are inspected every six months by an accredited asbestos inspector. Any changes to these
materials are recorded in a surveillance report as part of the management plan.
Additionally, an accredited Asbestos Management Planner conducts a comprehensive inspection of all
ACM’s every 3 years. This 3-year re-inspection has been performed as required and a copy has been
filed with the Mississippi Department of Education.
A copy of the Asbestos Management Plan is located in the principal’s office at each school. In addition,
copies of all Asbestos Management Plans for the district are maintained in the Superintendent’s office
located at 72 South Green Street. If you are interested in reviewing this information, please contact the
Central Office at 662-841-8853 to schedule an appointment.