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Attendance Policy

We expect your child to be at school, on time, for the full day, every school day. School is not optional. It is important! Make school a family priority.

APS students are allowed no more than five unexcused absences per semester, and no more than 10 unexcused absences per school year.

The parent/guardian must notify the school when the child returns with a note to report the reason why the child was absent, the day(s) of absence(s). In addition, make sure the name of the child is included on the note and the parent/guardian’s name and date, time, phone number.

Excessive absences will be addressed per the APS Student Behavior Handbook

Absences may be excused for the following reasons, with appropriate documentation:

  • Doctor’s appointment
  • Death in the family
  • Religious commitment
  • Illness
  • Family Emergency
  • Diagnostic testing
  • School or College Visit

In the event that the school has not received notification of absence by a parent for three (3) consecutive days, the school will make an attempt to contact parent/guardian.

Excessive excused absences may result in further inquiry from the principal and request for additional documentation.

Family vacations are considered unexcused absences, and it is expected that parents will schedule vacations during periods of time when school is not in session.

Students who are signed out before the end of the instructional day must have written documentation of the reason (as defined under excused absences) or be subject to the same consequences as tardy and/or absent.

It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to notify the school when their child is absent. Please send a note with your child upon their return to school indicating your child’s name, the day(s) of absence, and the reason(s) of his/her absence, parent’s or guardian’s name and date, time, phone number. Your child will need to drop the note off in the attendance office.

Parent permission is required if a student leaves school during the day; students must first report to the attendance office. Parents must pick up their child in the administration office. If someone other than a parent will pick up the child, you MUST list the person’s name on the Emergency Release card.

We will request a picture I.D. before we release your student. Anyone not listed on this card will not be allowed to remove the student from school.

Family trips or vacations during the school year are considered unexcused absences. See district handbook. When assignments are requested, teachers should be given 24 hours notice to prepare the assignments. If the teacher is unable to provide the assignments prior to the trip, the work would be due in a period of time equal to the number of days absent or a time mutually agreed upon by the student and the teacher.


Cell Phones / Personal Technology Devices

Scholar possession of cell phones and other personal electronic devices on campus is permitted. These devices must be placed into their locker at the beginning of the school day, or upon their arrival to school, and powered off during the school day. Administration reserves the right to confiscate a personal device if a scholar is not complying with these expectations, and the scholar and family will complete the following for each infraction:

  1. 1st offense: Parent pick-up of the device.
  2. 2nd offense: One lunch reflection (30 minutes) & parent pick-up of the device.
  3. 3rd offense: One after-school reflection (1 hour) & parent pick-up of the device.
  4. 4th offense: Complete Parent-Scholar-Admin Agreement Meeting & parent pick-up of the device.
  5. 5th offense: One day of In-School Reflection & parent pick-up of the device.

Garfield Middle School is not responsible for preventing theft, loss, damage, or vandalism to students’ personal technology devices or other valuables. Garfield Middle School is not responsible for recovering lost or stolen student valuables.


Dress Code

Grey Wolf Scholars are expected to dress in neat, clean, and appropriate clothing that does not pose a safety hazard to oneself or others.  It is up to the administration to determine what is and is not objectionable, and will do so with fairness and equity in mind.  With that being said, the following dress code guidelines will be utilized, and students will be reminded by staff and administration:

  • College and career, and Grey Wolf school spirit clothing is always encouraged; sports teams, whether professional, amateur, or college, can be worn as long as it does not create student conflict.
  • Closed toed shoes must be worn at all times in order to maintain safety for students from falling objects, thorny plants outside, chemicals and science materials, and more.
  • Slightly torn and distressed jeans are OK, and all holes above the knee must be one inch or less in size.  Pants must be pulled up, and shirts must meet the pants.
  • Any clothing that depicts drug/alcohol/tobacco use, sexual aggression or activity, profanity, gang affiliation, or violence of any kind through images or written text is not acceptable.  In these cases, students will be asked to remove the item of clothing, turn it inside out, or will be given a temporary replacement that can be worn at school.  Families will be notified by administration.

Garfield STEM Magnet administration reserves the right to make the final decision regarding clothing that may fall outside of our stated dress code, especially clothing that is excessively tight or is not appropriate for an educational environment.  Administration will collaborate with students, staff, and parents to make sure dress code decisions are made equitably and fairly.
 


Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures

The southern side of the school is the only safe and acceptable drop off. Please use the loop road on 4th Street and Matthew. The front (east side) of the school is considered a fire line. No drop off or pick up is allowed on the east side of the school. Please use our parent and visitor parking on the north side of the building.