YOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL
Rules & Policies
2019 – 2020 School Year
It is the policy and practice of the Walton
County School District to provide opportunities without regard to race, color,
gender, religion, national origin, handicap, disability, genetic information or
veteran status in its educational programs and activities. This includes, but
is not limited to: admission, educational services, financial aid and
employment. Questions related to the application and compliance of this policy
may contact the school system’s coordinator, Dr. Lance Young, at 200 Double Springs Church Road, Monroe, Georgia 30656 or
at (770) 266-4520, or [email protected].
Education for Children between Ages Six And 16
O.C.G.A. 20-2-690.1. requires the parent, guardian, or other
person who has control or charge of a child or children to sign a statement
indicating receipt of such written statement of possible consequences and penalties;
children who are age ten years or older by September 1 shall sign a statement
indicating receipt of such written statement of possible consequences and
NOTICE TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS, OR OTHER PERSONS WHO HAVE
CONTROL OR CHARGE OF A CHILD OR CHILDREN:
O.C.G.A. Section 20-2-690.1 requires
any person in this state who has control or charge of a child between the ages
of six and sixteen to enroll and send that child to school, including public,
private or home schooling. This law
further states that any parent, guardian, or other person residing in this
state who has control or charge of a child or children and who shall violate
this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction
thereof, shall be subject to a fine not less than $25.00 and not greater than
$100.00, imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, community service, or any
combination of such penalties, at the discretion of the court having
jurisdiction. Each day’s absence from
school in violation of this part after the child’s school system notifies the
parent, guardian, or other person who has control or charge of a child of five
unexcused days of absence for a child shall constitute a separate offense.
ABSENCES: Excused? Unexcused?
State law requires that youngsters between the ages of six
and sixteen attend school except for specific reasons listed. When a student must be absent, the absence
will be classified as excused or unexcused.
In order for an absence to be excused it must fall into one of the
following categories: personal illness, illness or death in the immediate
family, recognized religious holiday observed by your faith, absences mandated
by governmental agencies, and instances where attendance would be hazardous to
the safety of the student or prior approval of principal. All other absences will be considered
Excuses for absences shall be furnished in writing within three school
days of return to school.
should contain the students name, reason for the absence, the date(s) absent,
and parent’s/guardian’s or physician’s signature. Students
should bring excuse notes directly to the front office upon their return and place
them in the excuse note drop box. A
note from a parent will serve as sufficient excuse when brought in immediately
following most short-term absences. The
principal has the authority to require additional proof of the legitimacy of
the excuse. For example, the principal
may require doctor’s statements justifying the absences of a student. Please note: only 10 parent written notes
will be accepted during a school year.
Any unauthorized absence from school will constitute an act
of truancy. Students with 5 or more unexcused absences
and all cases of students with 10 or more total absences will be submitted to
the School Attendance Officer for further review.
For perfect attendance purposes, students serving as pages
of the Georgia General Assembly shall be counted present on the days missed for
this purpose. In addition, students who
are present for at least one-half of the instructional day, shall be counted
A student may not
participate in activities, rehearsals, practices, and/or games on a day the
student is absent from school.
ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL
building opens at 7:00 daily. Student
hours are from 7:30 – 2:25. The school
will provide supervision for students 30 minutes prior to the start of each
school day, and 30 minutes following first dismissal. Students must leave the
campus immediately upon dismissal unless involved in a supervised after school
activity. Car riders must load and
unload at the designated area for parent pickup. Students involved in an after school activity
must report to the supervising teacher/coach immediately. Car riders who have not been picked up after
an extended amount of time will be brought back into the school. A parent will need to come inside to pick
riding buses will board buses parked in the bus lanes alongside the
school. All students who ride in cars
are to be picked up in area specifically designated for parent pick up.
drawstring bags and other bags of any type are to be placed in a student’s
locker upon arrival, unless approved by administration.
CELL PHONES, ELECTRONIC DEVICES
& PERSONAL ITEMS OF VALUE
allowed to bring cell phones and other electronic devices to school; however,
these devices must be powered off and stored in the student’s locker during the
school day. Cell phones and electronic
devices which are out of the locker during the school day will be
confiscated. Students with repeated violations
of this policy may be subject to further disciplinary action.
is NOT responsible and may not investigate or recover lost, stolen or damaged
use of technology will be addressed through the Walton County Code of Conduct.
with repeated violations of this policy may be subject to further disciplinary
may be defined as giving or receiving information from another source or person
during a quiz, test, exam, homework, independent class activity or any other
activity where the student is expected to produce his/her own work. Giving or receiving information can include,
but is not limited to, directly copying information from another source
(plagiarism), talking, signaling, or any other form of communication.
school, a student found to be guilty of cheating or plagiarism on any
assignment, or any other activity where he/she has been directed by the teacher
to produce original work, will receive a zero on the assignment. If a student knowingly gives information or
knows he/she is the source of any information on such an assignment, that
student also will receive a zero on the assignment. The child’s teacher will contact parents of
any student who is punished for cheating.
COMMUNICATION – PARENT TO TEACHER
should obtain their log-in information to our student information system
program, iCampus, early in the school year.
This portal allows you to view your child’s grades, attendance, and
other important information. Please be
sure to keep your phone numbers and email address up to date. You can change your email information though
a parent portal access on the Walton County website, www.walton.k12.ga.us. Go to the website and click on the parent
tab. Click on the ICampus Parent Portal
and follow the directions. Your contact
information can be changed by coming in to our school office and giving that
information to an office worker.
welcomes the opportunity to engage in conferences with parents and students to
discuss classroom performance, behavior, or any other concerns. Any parent/ guardian who wish to have a
conference should contact your child’s teachers to request an appointment. Keep your teacher’s emails – this is important
and allows you to keep up with your child’s performance weekly. If you have a concern or need to talk with
someone other than your child’s teacher, please do not hesitate to call the
appropriate counselor or assistant principal.
If a parent/guardian would like to observe their child in a classroom,
please give a 24-hour notice to your child’s teacher.
confiscated from students will not be returned to the student. It is the responsibility of the student to
notify the parent that an item has been confiscated. Parents must contact a school administrator
to arrange return of the item.
Detention is assigned by teachers and is held after school on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Thursdays. Parents and
students should arrange transportation home from detention in advance. A
student’s failure to return their signed detention form does NOT excuse them from the detention. Failure to attend detention will result in
more severe consequences, except in those incidences where a parent makes other
arrangements prior to the assigned detention with the teacher who assigned the
detention. Students are not permitted to
sleep in detention; they are expected to read and complete assignments.
YMS STRIKE SYSTEM – SCHOOL WIDE DISCIPLINE PLAN
1 STRIKE = Warning
2 STRIKES = Teacher
assigned silent lunch (mandatory parent/guardian contact by the teacher)
3 STRIKES = Teacher
assigned detention (mandatory parent/guardian contact by the teacher via phone
or in person)
4 STRIKES = Administrator
assigns Friday School (Teacher set up parent/guardian conference)
5 STRIKES = Referral
to administration with documentation included on the REF on previous strikes (mandatory
parent/guardian contact and documented)
STRIKES CAN INCLUDE AND ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
of teacher’s instruction
include some level one offenses
Goal: Firmness, fairness, and consistency are the keys to an effective
• To increase positive student
behavioral choices and reduce negative behavior.
• To provide
a positive academic environment which is
safe, orderly, and conducive to learning.
County Board of Education Policy JCDB states students are to dress in a manner
that is reasonable and not distracting to the students and teachers. Any dress
of an extreme nature will not be tolerated.
Administrators will make final
decisions regarding student dress in his or her school if anything is
disruptive to the school environment.
following guidelines are the regulations that support WCPS Policy JCDB:
and shoes must be worn at all times.
The “3X5” Rule (using a 3x5 index card)
All dress and skirt lengths will be no shorter than 3” above
All pants, shorts, and gym shorts lengths will be no shorter
than 5” above the knee
Rules for Clothing
Skirts, pants, and shorts must be worn above the hipbone,
fitting at the inseam and at the waistline.
Holes, slits, rips or tears in clothing 5” above the
knee but be covered – no skin showing (Admin Discretion)
No cleavage shall be visible.
Clothing should not be extremely tight or form fitting as to
cause a distraction
No pajamas shall be worn; this includes bedroom slippers.
Sheer or “see through” clothing shall be worn with a tank
top or shirt that covers midriff and cleavage areas. No undergarments can be
No part of midriff shall be visible.
Tights, leggings, jeggings, joggers, or yoga pants may be
worn covered by an appropriate length shirt that covers the front and back
No tank tops or sleeveless shirts (No exposed shoulders –
ex. Cold-shoulder shirts or off-the shoulder shirts)
All coats and jackets are not to exceed the length of the
No head coverings; this includes ball caps, hats, sunglasses,
bandanas, or hoodies.
No ball caps worn attached to the pants.
Heavy metal jewelry, wallet chains, or other similar items
are not permitted.
No item of clothing, jewelry, headgear, or other visible
personal items shall contain the following:
Suggestive language, graphics, symbols or slogans
Profane language, graphics, symbols or slogans
Any reference language, graphics, symbols or slogans that
are demeaning or discriminating to others (ex. Confederate flag, Malcolm X
Any language, graphics, symbols or slogans that are not in
keeping with the values of the community.
Any “dress” (clothing, hair color, jewelry, accessories,
piercings, etc) determined by the dress code designee or an administrator to be
of an extreme nature is prohibited and is a violation of dress code.
All students taking Physical Education classes will abide by
the dress code as outlined above.
Consequences for dress code violations:
First Offense: Students will be
required to call home for a change of clothing or provided appropriate
clothing. Student will wait in ISS until change of clothing arrives.
Repeat Offenses: Student will be
referred to an administrator for further action.
The principal has
the right to modify or revoke the terms and conditions of the Youth Middle
Dress Code Policy at any time. Changes
to this policy will be communicated through daily school announcements and will
be posted on the Youth Middle School website.
for your child to get the maximum benefit from their education, we ask that you
help us by insuring that your child receives a full day of instruction each
day. For this reason, and to alleviate traffic problems, we ask the following:
- If there is an occasional need
to pick up your child early for a medical appointment or other personal
reason, we ask that you pick up your child prior to 2:15pm.
- If you do not pick up your
child prior to 2:15pm, you will be required to wait for the school to
perform its normal dismissal procedures.
it will be necessary to check out during the day, we ask that a parent or
legal guardian send a written request to be taken to the office as the
student enters the building. The
note must contain the student’s full name, the date, the reason for leaving
early, and the time the student should report to the office for
- No one other than a parent or guardian (who is listed
in the school’s Infinite Campus system) is allowed to request that a
student check out of school during the day. Parents and guardians who wish for other
responsible adults to pick up a child should include that information in a
written request. The adult must
come into the office to present identification and to sign the student
out. If you would like to review or
FLOWER OR GIFT
DELIVERY AND OUTSIDE FOOD
Policy JLB of the Walton County Board of Education
states that the delivery of flowers, balloons, teddy bears or other gifts for
Valentine’s Day, a student’s birthday or for any other reason is not permitted
in any Walton County School. The office
will NOT accept these deliveries. *No outside restaurant food is allowed.
The grading system for Walton County Public Schools
is as follows:
Guidance counselors are available for every student,
not just for those who have experienced or are having trouble. Our teaching staff works closely with the
counselors to help students succeed in school and reach their fullest
potential. Any student desiring an appointment with a counselor must have a pass
from the teacher or counselor. Parents are invited to contact their child’s
guidance counselor at any time for assistance or to share concerns. Counselors
will help with bullying. We encourage parents and students to report this
Any time a student is
out of class that student must have a HALL PASS by the issuing teacher stating their
HONOR, MERIT &
At the end of each grading period, students who have
maintained high scholastic averages will be listed on the Honor Lists. Selection will be based on the following
Avg. 90 & above
The Walton County Board of Education offers a choice
of school day or twenty-four hour accidental insurance program for
students. Athletes, cheerleaders, and
band members are strongly encouraged to participate in the program. This policy is secondary insurance and pays
only after other individual or group insurance covering the student has paid. A brochure is given to each student to take
home at the beginning of school. ALL students are encouraged to have medical
insurance! Accidents can happen at any time. The school is not responsible in
regards to an accident.
Lockers are issued to students as a service and a
privilege. They provide for the
safekeeping of personal property. The student to whom the locker is assigned is
responsible at all times for the contents of his/her locker. Students are fully responsible to lock their
lockers and NOT to share their combinations with others. Students may lose their locker privilege for
a period of time designated by teachers or administrators. Lockers are considered school property and
may be searched at any time by the administration without the consent of
student or parent. No stickers are
allowed on or in lockers. *SPECIAL
NOTE: The school is NOT responsible for lost or stolen personal items of value. A
$5.00 locker fee can be paid online at mypaymentsplus.com. A school computer is available for use if
needed for payments.
drinks (i.e. Red Bull) are not allowed as part of students’ lunches from
home. Microwaves are not available for
student use. Lunches from outside restaurants are not permitted in the school
cafeteria. Youth Middle School welcomes
parents to eat with their children; however, please be mindful that you must
sit only with your child at a booth.
A student with excused absences is allowed three (3)
school days from the day of his/her return to make arrangements with the classroom
teacher to make up the work missed. The
teacher and student will decide upon a reasonable time for completing and
handing in make-up work. It is the
student’s responsibility to request make-up work and to return it as arranged. Students
may make up final exams missed due to unexcused absences with prior permission
of the school principal.
If you are absent for one day, please check your teachers
webpage, and or Schoology for missing assignments. For three or more days absent, a parent should
call the office and request your assignments.
Please allow 24 hours for
teachers to get assignments ready.
These assignments can be picked up in the front office. Make
up work for a one-day absence must be turned in within three days of returning
to school. (Board Policy JBD)
All medications that are to be administered at school
must be accompanied by the “Administration
of Medication Request Form”. All
medications, both prescription and non-prescription, must be brought into the
school and signed in through the clinic by the parent/guardian, or by a
responsible adult designated by the parent/guardian. Students
are NOT allowed to transport medications to and from school. No medications sent in a plastic bag will be
All medications, which are to be given for a period
greater than two weeks, will require the form to be completed and signed by the
Administration of prescription and non-prescription
medications, even for a short period of time is discouraged. Parents/guardians should check with the
student’s physician regarding the need for medication to be administered during
school hours. Medications prescribed
three times daily often can be administered before school, after school and at
A. The following items are expressly forbidden
at all times on buses and at school and will be
confiscated immediately with possible
legal action taken against the person(s) found to be in possession:
of any kind (to include ammunition)
alcohol, or other controlled substances
related objects, symbols, clothing, drawings, etc
box cutters, razors, or other sharp objects
materials, including but not limited to, books, magazines, pictures, electronic
playing cards, dice, trading cards, yo-yo’s, and other toys
products, lighters, matches or associated paraphernalia
pistols, balloons, stink or paint bombs
(unless approved by administration for specific classes)
water bottles allowed with water only
watches or devices to communicate (ipads, watches, etc.)
are to notify school staff immediately when prohibited items are found in the
school or on the school grounds.
Students are advised not to handle these items.
prohibited items that are confiscated from a student will be returned to the
parent unless the item is turned over to local law enforcement in accordance
with state and local mandates.
are not allowed to sell any items, food or non-food, at school during the
school day without prior approval from an administrator.
are advised that the administration has the legal authority to conduct a search
of students, their lockers and their possessions when on school grounds. The administration is required to have only a
“reasonable suspicion” to conduct such searches and question students. Students failing to comply with school
officials in conducting such searches will be turned over to law enforcement authorities.
are advised that any adult employee of the Walton County School System,
including bus drivers, paraprofessionals, school secretaries, substitute teachers,
as well as regular teachers and administrators, has the right to give
reasonable instructions to students and expect these instructions to be carried
out. Failure to carry out reasonable
instructions will result in serious disciplinary action.
a continuing effort to maintain drug-free schools, school officials will work
cooperatively with local police in soliciting and allowing drug dogs to search
the PTO helps to support our school and provides for better communication
between parents and school. Membership
fees are set by each school organization.
will be considered tardy if not in homeroom when the bell rings. When tardy, students must report to the
office to sign in. Students with excessive unexcused tardies will be subject to
further disciplinary action.
Use of the office phone is limited to emergency
calls. Parents should not call the school to speak to their child. Students may use the phone in the front
office as long as the student has a proper hall pass from their teacher. Office
personnel or the school nurse will determine whether it is necessary for a
student to call home due to illness.
Each teacher will have a classroom set of textbooks. Students and parents will have access to
online textbooks and directions will be given by teacher via a letter. Students are to take care of textbooks used
The school secretaries may not take messages regarding checkout or afternoon
transportation for students. It is
impossible for us to be certain with whom we are speaking. Our primary concern is each child’s safety. Your cooperation is appreciated in this
We require that all students come to school in the morning clearly
knowing whether their parents expect them to ride the bus, walk, or be
picked up by car in the afternoon. We
also ask that parents clearly know whether or not their children are
planning to stay for an after-school activity.
If you have questions or concerns regarding transportation (bus
schedules), please call our transportation department at 770-207-3200.
for special permission to ride a bus (ex: going home with friend) must be in
writing from a parent and given to the front office IN THE MORNING. The note must include the student’s first and
last name, a contact number for the parent, the street address (house number
and street name) of the location the student will be transported to, and the
name and bus number of the student your child is going home with. Requests will be reviewed and initialed once
they have been approved. Students may
retrieve them from the front office during their lunch.
passes cannot be issued for students to get off the bus at another Walton County
school unless student is a member of an athletic team at that school or parent
is a school employee at that location.
Coaches for athletic teams are responsible for providing bus note
requests to the school for their athletes.
Students cannot ride to an address that does not lie within the YMS
school attendance zone.
If it becomes necessary to withdraw a student from
school, a withdrawal form must be obtained from the attendance office and taken
to the persons indicated on the form for signatures. All textbooks and library books must be
turned in, and all money due for lost/damaged books or unpaid fees, etc. must
A parent may call or send notice of a student’s
withdrawal. 24 hours notice is
preferred. If prior notice is not given,
please understand that the process may take up to an hour to complete while you
wait. A parent’s signature is required
for the withdrawal process to be complete.