Classroom Rules
RAINBOW MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT HANDBOOK
INTRODUCTION
 
The purpose of education is to help you be better prepared to take your place as a good citizen in tomorrow's society. Your behavior, attitude, and success in this school will have a direct influence on these same areas in your adult life. The rules have been designed to aid you in self-evaluation of your job performance. These guidelines have been developed through the joint efforts of your administrators, teachers, parents, and fellow students.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Rainbow Middle School is to assure the development of successful, caring, responsible students by providing a nurturing learning environment.

 

STEPS TO TAKE WHEN ABSENT

1) Have your parent or guardian inform the school office by phone of your absence before 8:30 A.M. on the day of the absence.

2) ACCORDING TO THE ETOWAH COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY, a written excuse will be required of all students. If an acceptable reason for excusing the absence is not presented within three (3) days of return to school, the absence will be coded as unexcused. Only three (3) parental/guardian notes (written excuses) will be accepted per semester. Any other absence must be documented with a written doctor's excuse. Exceptions may be made by the school principal for extenuating circumstances. Students who have three (3) unexcused tardies will be counted absent one day.

3) It is the student’s responsibility to ask teachers for the assignments or tests that you have missed. It is the student’s responsibility to see that make-up work is completed and turned in to the teacher promptly. You have three (3) days, from your return to school, to complete daily and homework make-up work.

4) Tests and long-term assignments will be made up at the discretion of the teacher.

5) A check-in after 11:30 A.M. will be counted as one (1) day of absence and will require a written excuse. A check-out before 11:30 A.M. will be counted as one (1) day of absence and will require a written excuse.

 

TARDIES

It very important for students to arrive at school on time. School begins each day at 7:50 A.M. and all students should be in their assigned homeroom at this time. When tardy, a student must sign in with the front office and receive a pass to class. Students who accumulate 3 unexcused tardies will be counted absent one day. Students who are continually tardy will be subject to disciplinary action.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Refer to the Etowah County Schools Code of Student Conduct book. The following are intended as further guidelines for student conduct at Rainbow Middle School. The following offenses are subject to disciplinary action:

1. Failure to carry a clear or mesh book-bag or backpack.

2. Rainbow Middle School will adhere to Etowah County Code of Student Conduct pertaining to cellular phones and other technology devices.

3. Selling or trading items at school.

4. Inciting other students to create a disturbance.

5. Engaging in any act, including horseplay, that endangers the safety of others.

6. Turning in papers with forged parent signatures or refusal to return signed papers.

7. Being disrespectful to a School Board Employee (including substitute teachers) is strictly prohibited.

8. Sexual harassment is defined as verbal, physical or unsolicited and unwelcome sexual overtures or conduct. Such behavior may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

9. Possession of tobacco products, lighters, or matches.

10. No gum is allowed at school.

11. Snacks may ONLY be purchased and eaten at break. This includes candy.

12. Being out of assigned class without a pass.

13. Failure to follow dress code.

14. Verbal or written use of inappropriate, malicious, suggestive, or vulgar language.

15. Any action that interferes with the learning environment or threatens the safety of other students or staff.

16. There shall be no inappropriate touching among students or displays of affection.

17. Stealing is strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary action. The student may also be required to pay restitution for the item(s) stolen.

18. Students should not bring excessive amounts of money to school. Students should also refrain from brining valuable items to school. Neither Rainbow Middle School nor the Etowah County Board of Education accepts responsibility for student money/valuables.

 

LUNCHROOM

Students are expected to conduct themselves properly while in the lunchroom by following the Discipline Code and remembering these additional cautions:

1) Soft drinks, bottles (glass or plastic), water bottles, thermos-type containers, etc. are not to be brought to school. No drinks or snacks may be purchased from the vending machines and carried to the lunchroom.

2) Loud talking and moving from table to table is prohibited. Students are to sit in assigned areas.

3) Areas around the tables are to be kept clean and the student must clean any food spilled.

4) Students who forget to bring lunch money may not borrow from the school office or charge their lunch in the lunchroom. No exceptions.

5) Meals cannot be charged. Parents are responsible for maintaining student meal accounts.

6) If your child has a special dietary requirement, please notify the school immediately by submitting a doctor’s note that describes the necessary dietary modifications in detail.

 

BUS BEHAVIOR

In the interest of safety, students are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly manner on the school bus. The following guidelines, as well as the Disciplinary Code and the Board Policy Manual, will apply to all students who ride the bus:

1) Students will not be allowed to ride a different bus or leave a bus at any place except his/her regular discharge point unless he/she has a written statement from his/her parent or guardian and presents it in the school office on the morning of the change.

2) The bus driver is in charge of the bus and its riders at all times. The driver will report any Violations of the Code of Student Conduct and the Board Policy Manual to the principal/assistant principal. In addition to these guidelines, the following rules apply specifically to the school bus:

a) The student must obey the driver's instructions at all times.

b) Moving about the bus while it is in motion is prohibited.

c) Extending arms, head, or any body part out of the bus windows is forbidden.

d) There will be no throwing of objects in or out of the bus.

e) There will be no food, drinks, radios, tape recorders, CD players, cell phones, etc. allowed.

f) Emergency doors can only be used in an emergency.

g) Any action that would threaten the safety of others is prohibited.

 

The principal/assistant principal makes the final discipline decision. The superintendent, transportation supervisor, or principal/assistant principal has the authority to remove a student from the school bus.

 

ACADEMIC

Our goal is to provide a learning environment and learning experiences that will best prepare our students for the future. In order for students to benefit from our programs, each person must strive for excellence in all areas to the best of his/her ability. Therefore, students are charged with the following responsibilities:

1) Complete all daily assignments, including homework, on time.

2) Complete all long-range assignments (class projects, book reports, science collections or projects, etc,) on time.

3) At all times, the student is to complete his/her own work without help from any other source unless he/she is directed by the teachers to seek help. Whenever the student is guilty of cheating, the teacher shall collect the student's paper, mark a zero for the work, and notify the parent and office as soon as possible.

 

Failure to meet academic responsibilities may result in parental notification/conference, referral to counseling, and /or disciplinary action.

 

DRESS CODE

The dress code is developed with the best interests of the school community in mind. Although certain styles may be in “vogue” and worn in other public places, they may not be appropriate for an educational setting. If a student is in doubt, about a particular article of clothing, he/she should bring additional clothing or not wear the clothing in question. Students will not be allowed to attend class until clothing is appropriate. Any class time missed will result in grades of “zero” for work missed. If any question as to the appropriateness of any attire arises, the administration has the final authority.

1) Dress neatly and modestly.

2) Shorts may be worn to school but no shorter

than 2” above the knee. Athletic shorts/pants and pajama type pants are not permitted. This includes gym shorts, soccer shorts, and sweatpants. It also includes shorts/pants made of mesh or nylon or having wide legs. P.E. teachers will designate appropriate clothing to be worn during physical education only.

3) Length of dresses and skirts should be no shorter than 2” above the knee in front and back. Spandex leggings, leotards, etc., may be worn only when the skirt/dress worn with them is no shorter than 2” above the knee.

4) Clothing that is too tight, too short, bare at the midriff, bare at the sides, sundresses, “spaghetti straps” style tops, tank tops, off-the-shoulder tops, low-cut front or back tops, sheer or see-through clothing, etc., will not be permitted. No sleeveless tops.

5) Undergarments must not show at anytime.

6) No "sagging" of pants or shorts is allowed. Pants worn too low, too long, too large, too tight or too loose are not permitted. Belts should be worn.

7) Shirts must be tucked in at all times unless designed to be worn on the outside. Sweaters worn outside of pants or skirts over tucked-in shirts will be acceptable. T-shirts, golf or polo style shirts, shirts with tails, and athletic jerseys must be tucked in.

8) Any article of clothing containing obscene language, offensive music, alcoholic beverages, tobacco advertisements, or suggestive slogans is prohibited.

9) Sunglasses, hats, bandanas and any other accessories that may be distracting are prohibited.

10) Clothing should be in good repair. Shredded or ripped clothing is not allowed. Jeans, shirts, skirts, dresses etc., should not contain holes.

11) Cut-off or see-through apparel is not permitted. All blouses and shirts must be long enough to cover the belt band or belt loops of pants or skirts.

12) Any clothing/jewelry that causes distraction, disturbances, or is a safety risk is not allowed. Multiple earrings or gauged earrings are not permitted.

13) Large purses, bags or satchels are prohibited. Gear and athletic bags, for school sponsored extracurricular activities, must remain in designated areas. All others bags/gear must be approved by administration.

14) Any clothing designed for outdoor wear, such as heavy outer coats and jackets, is not to be worn inside the building. Outdoor wear should be of a design that can easily be stored in a student's locker.

15) Students may not wear “punk” style dress and hair, which includes hair dyed in multi-colors, spiked hair, shaved head areas, and shaved head patterns. Hair must be worn in such a manner that is not considered unkempt, unclean or impairing of vision. Visible “body piercing” is not appropriate for a middle school setting and will not be permitted. Extreme facial make-up painted in a distracting manner will not be allowed.

16) Students are prohibited from wearing any metal chains, metal spiked apparel, or accessories.

17) Students are to wear clothing in the manner it is designed to be worn, i.e. clothing worn backwards or inside out is not allowed. Clothing must be gender appropriate.

18) Students are prohibited from wearing any sign, symbol, logo, or garment, which has become synonymous with any gang, cult, Satanism, or unauthorized club or organizational activity.

19) The Dress Code as described in the Etowah County School Code of Student Conduct will also apply. Violation of any part of the dress code will be subject to disciplinary action and the student’s parents will be called to provide the student with additional clothing.

Failure to abide by rule #2 may result in students being unable to wear shorts to school. Students who repeatedly violate the dress code rule will face further disciplinary action.

 

TELEPHONE

Students can only use the telephone in an emergency or other extenuating situation. Students are not allowed to receive personal telephone calls while at school. Any messages from home will be given to the student at the end of the day.

 

TEXTBOOKS

All basic textbooks are loaned to students for their use during the school year. Textbooks are to be kept clean and in the possession of the student to whom they are issued. Students and/or parents are required to pay for lost or damaged textbooks.

 

LOCKERS

Lockers are provided to the students as a service for a nominal donation. Students' lockers are to be kept locked at all times. Students should not give out their locker combination to any other student. No writing, suggestive pictures, or other abuse of lockers will be tolerated. Students must realize that in the interest of safety their lockers may be searched at anytime without their knowledge or permission. A student is responsible for his/her locker and its contents.

 

FIRE AND TORNADO DRILLS

Fire and tornado drills are held frequently throughout the year. Students are to be aware of the posted procedures for such drills and are to always follow the teacher's instructions. There must not be any running or talking during a drill or an actual emergency. Students should move quickly and quietly to the appropriately designated area.

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER

Each year we face inclement weather that may cause a delay in the start of the school day, an early dismissal, or a closing. Please plan ahead with students so they know what to do in the event that we dismiss early. Early dismissals will be announced on the radio so there should not be a need for a student to call home to make this announcement. Please understand that we must limit phone calls to keep lines open for incoming calls and for emergency information. Radio stations such as, WAAX AM 570, will carry school closing announcements due to inclement weather or other emergencies. Buses will run regular routes unless we are notified otherwise.

 

There are certain things parents or guardians can do to assist in emergency situations.

1) When the weather conditions appear threatening, turn on your radio or television for instructions. Do not call the school or radio stations.

2) Please review with your child what to do if schools close early. Will your child ride the bus home or wait to be picked up?

3) If your child rides a bus and no one is at home, where will your child go? Will he/she go to a neighbor’s house or stay at home alone?

4) If your child is a car rider, arrangements should be made to have him/her picked up immediately if schools close early. Designate a family member or neighbor to check out your child/children. Please be sure this person is in our computer system as someone who can check out your child. Please notify this individual of RMS “Proof of Identification Policy”.

5) Do not depend on a telephone call to or from the child’s school when schools are dismissed early. The school is flooded with telephone calls during emergency situations; therefore, emergency plans should be made in adv, ance.<span,> </span,>Also, telephones may be out of order due to the weather.

6) Schools follow the recommendations of the Emergency Management Agency during severe weather alerts. Every school has practice drills and is prepared to respond effectively in crisis situations to meet the safety needs of the students and staff. The principal and a sufficient number of school employees will remain on duty until all children are safely dismissed. We assure you that we will do everything possible to protect your child. Your cooperation in carrying out the above suggestions will benefit everyone involved.

 

PARENT CONFERENCES AND VISITORS

Parents are encouraged to confer with their children's teachers. We ask that parents please notify the school office for an appointment at least twenty-four hours in advance so that the receptionist can schedule a conference at a time convenient to all parties - FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL STUDENTS, IT IS REQUIRED THAT ANY PERSON ENTERING THE BUILDING COME DIRECTLY TO THE OFFICE TO SIGN IN AND RECEIVE A VISITOR'S PASS.

 

PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION POLICY

ALL PERSONS ENTERING RMS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION. A drivers license or other government issued photo ID’s are acceptable.

 

MEDICATION

If your child must have medication of any type given during school hours, including over-the-counter drugs, you must adhere to the following:

1) Do not send medications by your child. All

medications must be delivered to the school nurse by a parent or guardian. Any student found with medication in their possession will receive disciplinary action

2) You may come to the school and give the medication to your child at the appropriate time(s).

3) You may obtain a medication form from the school and take the form to your child’s doctor to be completed. The form must then be returned to school. No medication will be given without this form being completed and returned to school. This includes both prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs.

4) Prescription medications must be brought to school in the pharmacy labeled bottle, which contains instructions on how and when the medication is to be given. Over-the-counter drugs must be received in the original container and will be administered according to the doctor’s written instructions.

5) You may discuss with your doctor an alternative schedule for administering medication (outside of school hours).

 

 

ASSEMBLIES AND SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENTS

At all times the student's behavior should be refined and courteous. An indication of the cultural level of the school is the conduct of its student body at an assembly or school-sponsored activity (field trips, dances, ball games, etc.) If a student has been suspended from school or received any other disciplinary action, he/she may be ineligible to participate in or attend school-sponsored activities at any location. The dress code rule also applies to dances and other events.

FIELD TRIPS

If a student has been suspended from school or received other disciplinary action, he/she may be ineligible to participate in a field trip. The field trips may include class trips, club trips, and other organizational trips.

GUIDANCE

The purpose of the guidance program is to help students develop skills in the areas of personal/social growth, educational planning and career/vocational development. This is achieved through individual, small group and large group counseling. Every student at Rainbow Middle School has access to guidance and counseling services and is encouraged to participate in guidance activities.

LIBRARY

The library is available to all students and teachers for their use. All materials are selected according to criteria established in a county-wide selection policy. These materials are provided for the enrichment of all the library's patrons. The library is open during school hours. All materials must be checked-out before they are taken from the library. Books are checked out for a two-week period and may be re-checked as often as necessary. Students may not take reference books and magazines from the library. If a book is lost or damaged, the patron must pay the replacement cost of the book plus $2.00 to cover catalog cards and shipping. Overdue books are assessed at the rate of 10 cents per day, excluding weekends and holidays.

TECHNOLOGY

To ensure that students receive a quality education and that employees are able to work in a professional and intellectually stimulating environment, it is the policy of the Etowah County Board of Education to provide all students and employees with the opportunities to access a variety of technology resources. It is the intention of the Etowah County School System that all technology resources be used in accordance with any and all school system policies and procedures, as well as local, state, and federal laws and/or guidelines governing usage of technology and its component parts.

FINAL NOTES

All procedures and rules herein described are subordinate to the current Policy Manual of the Etowah County Board of Education. It is the official policy of the Etowah County Board of Education that no person in the Etowah County School system shall, on the grounds of race, color, handicap, sex, religion, national origin, or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, or employment.

 

GRADING

Grade Scale

90 – 100

A

80 – 89

B

70 – 79

C

60 – 69

D

Below 60

F