Parent Information

Electronic Device/Cell Phone Policy

Students may possess an electronic communication device in school under the following conditions:

  • Possession of an electronic communication device by a student is considered to be a privilege, which may be forfeited by any student who fails to follow school rules, board policy, or the law. 

  • Students may use such devices before school, during class changes, during lunches, and after school.

  • Students may use such devices during class time for instructional purposes with the expressed permission of the teacher. 

  • All students must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy. 

  • Should a student cause a disruption to the instructional process or educational setting, the behavior will be addressed through the school discipline code according to the type and severity of the disruption. 

  • Students may not use electronic communication devices outside the direct supervision of a staff member while in common areas during class time. Common areas are defined as hallways, cafeteria, restrooms, front office, guidance office, media center, lobbies, etc. 

  • These devices may not be used in any area where personal privacy of others must be respected such as dressing rooms or restrooms. 

  • The creation of videos or pictures is not permitted without prior approval of an administrator. 

  • The school is not responsible for any devices that are lost, stolen or damaged while being used on school property.

Electronic communication devices are defined as any telecommunications device (including cellular telephones, pagers, etc.)

Parent Right to Inquire

As a parent of a District Five student, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the teachers and instructional assistants who instruct your child.

Professional qualifications include:

  • Licensing criteria for the grade level/subject areas in which the instruction is provided

  • The baccalaureate degree major

  • Graduate certification or degree held and the field of discipline of the certification

  • The qualifications of teacher assistants, if applicable

Parents wishing to inquire about the qualifications of their child’s teacher or instructional assistant should submit a written request to the school principal. All inquiries will be limited to the qualifications listed above.


Southern Association of Colleges

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has as its mission the improvement of education in the South through accreditation. As part of J. F. Byrnes High School's accreditation process, various documents are prepared for presentation as part of the SACS evaluation process.

While this document may be updated in the future, it provides an abundance of detail about Byrnes-- its student performance data, its strengths, its areas of concern, student and community data, its social characteristics, awards the school has received and charts and graphs on state tests.

SAC Report (PDF Format)

Strategic Plan (PDF Format)

School Improvement Council

The purpose of the School Improvement Council (also referred to as Site Council) is to involve staff, parents and community members in school-based shared decision-making. Lincoln parents, staff, and community partners comprise this Council. Members work to monitor progress on the goals and objectives of the School Improvement Plan.

The goal of school-based decision-making is to affect the instructional program in order to improve student achievement. At the same time, shared/school-based decision-making provides a process to make informed decisions for the future through involvement of school staff, parents and community members.

Decisions are made and changes implemented as part of the school-based shared process need to be in accordance with Board of Education policy, employment contracts, and state and federal law. At the same time, the process should encourage innovation and experimentation when this is feasible and appropriate.

When parents, students, teachers and community members unite to provide quality education for our students, a true spirit of collaboration, trust and shared decision-making provide us with the best ingredients for success.

SIC Report